30 March 2014

GPC News Issue 13 now available..

Amendment to generic medicine reimbursement prices: April 2014 (England)
Advice on employer’s pension contributions for locum GPs (England)
Controlled drugs and repeat prescriptions (England)
Electronic Prescription Service - options for enabling EPs Release 2 in practices (England)
GP contract 2014/14
Increases in prescription charges from April 2014 (England)
Men C for freshers (England)
MRCGP – Exam costs
QOF business rules v28
QOF guidance 2014-15
Vaccination and immunisation guidance 2014-15 (England)
See here for further details

Vacc & Immuns 14-15 Update...

Guidance on a number of changes to the vaccination and immunisation programmes (in England) has now been published (see attached). This has been added to our website on the vaccs and imms pages, along with a summary table (also attached) and further guidance on each vaccination.

For some of the vaccinations we are still waiting for the guidance or service specification to be published, and these will be added as soon as they are finalised and the main guidance document will also be updated to reflect this - so please note this in case you save the this PDF version, as it is likely to change.

Guidance on the Unplanned Admissions Enhanced Service

has now been published and is available at: http://www.nhsemployers.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/Avoiding%20unplanned%20admissions%20guidance%202014-15.pdf, with associated templates available in Word format at http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/GeneralMedicalServicesContract/DirectedEnhancedServices/Pages/Enhancedservices201415.aspx.

The guidance:

- Sets out the full requirements of the enhanced service under the headings of practice availability, proactive case management & personalised care planning, reviewing & improving the hospital discharge process and internal practice review.

- Includes the templates associated with the enhanced service, including on care planning and reporting.

- Sets out how the enhanced service will be paid and monitored. A maximum of £2.87 per patient will be available for the enhanced service, split into five components. For the three components that relate to maintaining the 2% case management register, the 2% target as a proportion of list size will be determined at the start of each quarter, with a measurement of whether the register has been maintained at that level being taken at the end of the quarter. There will be a 0.2% tolerance to account for unexpected events for the payments that relate to each quarter, but Area Teams will be able to claw back the funding relating to those three components if the average of the three measurements taken across the quarters is less than 2%.

I'd be grateful if you could distribute the guidance as widely as possible. There will also be separate GPC guidance to help practices achieve the requirements of the enhanced service published very shortly.

QoF Buisness Rules v28..

Version 28 of the QOF Business Rules have now been published on the HSCIC website:

Contract 14/15 Guidance...

This is to let you know that the joint guidance for the 14 / 15 GP contract in England has now been published, here http://www.nhsemployers.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/GMS-contract-guidance-audit-requirements-2014-15.pdf.  The joint guidance does not yet include detailed information on the unplanned admissions enhanced service, which is due later in the week. Our website is currently being updated to reflect the guidance and the fact that the new contract is coming into force, and we will circulate the relevant link once that has been done.

The Statement of Financial Entitlements Directions for 2014 are available here:

NHS England has now also published guidance on implementing the contract for PMS and APMS, here:

The information is available at http://bma.org.uk/gpcontract.

Men C for Freshers

A tripartite letter has been sent out today to practices regarding the new Men C for freshers.

In short, this is a booster offered to freshers (aged 17-25) not previously vaccinated with Men C since reaching age 10, and who self-present to the practice (they will be notified via UCAS). It will commence 1 April 2014 and run until 31 October 2014. There are no call and recall requirements, the vaccine will be centrally supplied, and there will be a payment of £7.64 per dose.

The letter is available on the PHE website and is also attached (along with their updated guidance): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/meningococcal-c-conjugate-vaccine-the-freshers-dose.

GP Retainer Scheme

I would like to raise awareness locally about the GP retainer Scheme run by Health Education North East (previously the Northern Deanery). This is an opportunity for practices (funded) as well as for GPs wishing to retain a part-time clinical commitment. I would be grateful if you could cascade this information to local practices.

Paula Wright

See here for more details

GP News from the Chair...

latest (27th March 2014) edition available here.