NHS Employers and the British Medical Association’s General Practice Committee (GPC) have announced changes to the General Medical Services (GMS) contract in England for 2017/18.
The contract for 2017/18 will see an investment of some £238.7 million, this includes:
- A pay uplift of one per cent and general expenses uplift of 1.4 per cent.
- A change in the value of a Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) point, as a result of a Contractor Population Index (CPI) adjustment. There will be no changes this year to the number of QOF points, indicators or thresholds.
- An increase in the payment for Learning Disabilities Health Check Scheme from £116.00 per health check to £140.00 per health check. A new health check template has been developed by NHS England which will be integrated in to practice clinical systems in due course.
- Changes to the GP Retention Scheme with an additional £1 million investment.
- Funding to cover expenses relating to submission of data for the NHS Digital Workforce Census (£1.5 million), contractual changes relating to overseas visitors (£5 million) and pensions administration levy (estimated £3.8 million). This funding will be added to the global sum allocation without the out-of-hours (OOH) deduction applied.
- A recurrent payment of £2 million for workload related to transfer of patient records. This figure will be reviewed from time to time with regards to workload issues. It will be added to the global sum allocation without the OOH deduction applied.
- Estimated costs to support changes to payment arrangements for parental leave and sickness absence.
- Funding to cover expenses relating to Care Quality Commission (CQC) costs (estimated £22.5 million), indemnity fee increases (£30 million) and Business Improvement District (BID) levies (estimated £1 million). CQC and BID levy costs will be reimbursed directly and indemnity costs will be reimbursed based on practice list size.
There are also new contractual requirements around identification and management of patients with frailty, collection for the national diabetes audit (NDA), registration of prisoners, access to healthcare, vaccination and immunisations and data collection.
NHS England and GPC have also agreed the new global sum figure for 2017/18. The value per weighted patient is set to rise from £80.59 in 2016/17 to £85.35 in 2017/18, a rise of 5.9 per cent.
Download the technical requirements document for the 2017/18 contract changes.