GMS contract changes

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NHS Employers (on behalf of NHS England) leads on negotiations with the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the British Medical Association, on changes to the General Medical Services (GMS) contract.

The first three-year GMS contract was introduced in 2003/04 for two years. Any agreed contract changes are underpinned by a Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE) which are all available on the Department of Health's website. 

Those aspects of the 2015/16 contract agreement that are core contractual requirements for all practices are covered by the new GMS and PMS regulations for 2015/16. 

The main changes in each of the contracts are included in sections you can access below. Click on the page for more information and the full contract. 

A set of FAQs has been developed to support the delivery of the 2015/16 GMS contract. The FAQs can be found on our non-clinical FAQs page.

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GMS contract changes 2016/17

Changes in 2016/17 include: investment of £220 million, pay uplift of 1%, item of service fee for vaccination and immunisation to £9.80, increase of the value of a QOF point to £165.18 and funding to cover increased expenses. 

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GMS contract changes 2015/16

Changes in 2015/16 include: introduction of named, accountable GP for all patients, publication of earnings, and  expansion of online services for patients. The alcohol  and patient participation enhanced services ended with  funding reinvested. 

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GMS contract changes 2014/15

Changes in 2014/15 include: a new enhanced service to care for patients who may be at risk of an unplanned admission to hospital, reducing the QOF by 341 points, changes to seniority payments, and a named accountable GP for patients over 75. 

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GMS contract changes 2013/14

Changes in 2013/14 include: an increase in global sum of 1.47%, the phasing out of MPIG over a seven year period, changes to QOF, vaccination and immunisation and four new enhanced services. This was announced by DH following a consultation process.

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GMS contract changes 2012/13

Changes in 2012/13 include: an overall uplift on 0.5%, changes to QOF including new indicators, extension of two clinical DESs and the extended hours DES for a year.

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GMS contract changes 2003/04

The new General Medical (GMS) contract saw the introduction of a practice-based contract, with an unprecedented scale of investment in general medical services. From 1 April 2004, the blue book - which outlines the new three year contract -  was implemented throughout the UK.

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GMS contract changes 2006 - 2012

This section includes full details of contractual changes to the GMS contract between 2006-2012.

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