On 18 March 2013 the Department of Health (DH) announced the changes to the GMS contract in England for 2013/14. The announcement followed the consultation on proposed changes to the contract that ran from 6 December 2012 to 26 February 2013.
Key changes were the retirement of eight indicators, uplift to global sum of 1.47%, introduction of the alcohol reduction and learning disabilities health check scheme, and the patient participation ES.
Further details of contract changes can be found in the 2013 GMS guidance.
Friends and family test
The friends and family test (FFT) was introduced in 2013. The FFT became a contractual requirement for GP practices on 1 December 2014. One of the questions in the FFT asks patients 'How likely are you to recommend our GP practice to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?' NHS England has published guidance to support the submission of the NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT) data for GP Practices.
The FFT became a contractual requirement for GP practices on 1 December 2014. NHS England, NHS Employers and the British Medical Association (BMA) General Practitioners Committee have jointly published guidance that sets out how GP practices should implement it. Our approach is to make the FFT flexible and create as little burden on practices and patients as possible.
The guidance sets out the arrangements for GP practice staff submitting monthly FFT data to NHS England. You can find out more information by downloading the guidance document.