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General practice contract changes 2017-2018



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England GP contract 2017-2018

This years contractual negotiations have now been completed and accepted by the GPC.

Headlines:
  • Contract Uplift and Expenses
  • An investment of £238.7 million in the contract for 2017/18
  • A pay uplift on pay of 1%
  • Payments for indemnity costs that will be made based on registered patients at 51.6p per patient
  • An increase in the value of a QOF (Quality and Outcomes Framework) point
  • Increased fee for the Learning Disabilities Health Check Scheme

  • QOF
  • We have agreed that for 2017/18 there will be no change to the number of QOF points available, the clinical or public health domains and no changes to QOF thresholds.
  • Directed Enhanced services (DESs)
    The payment for the Learning Disabilities Health Check Scheme will increase
    The Extended Hours Access DES will continue unchanged until 30 September 2017
  • The Avoiding Unplanned Admissions DES will cease at 31 March 2017.
  • Identification and management of patients with frailty
  • New contractual requirement to be introduced from 1 July 2017.
  • National diabetes audit (NDA)
  • Practices will be contractually required to allow collection of data relating to the NDA from July 2017 at the earliest.
  • NHS Digital Workforce Census
  • Practices will be contractually required to allow collection of data relating to the NHS Digital Workforce Census from July 2017 at the earliest. Recurrent funding of £1.5 million has been agreed to support this requirement and will be added to global sum allocations without the out of hours deduction applied.
  • Data collection
  • A contractual requirement, from July 2017 at the earliest, for practices to allow data collections for a selection of agreed retired QOF indicators (INLIQ) and retired DESs .
  • Registration of prisoners
  • Introduction of a contractual change from July 2017 at the earliest, to allow prisoners to register with a practice before they leave prison.
  • Access to healthcare
  • We have agreed contractual changes that help to identify patients with a non-UK issued EHIC or S1 form or who may be subject to the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015.
  • GP retention scheme
  • A new scheme to replace the existing one
  • Payments for sickness leave cover
  • Changes to the arrangements for making sickness leave payments, as follows:
  • Parental leave payments
  • Parental leave payments will not be made on a pro-rata basis and will be the lower of actual or invoiced costs up to the maximum amounts as set out in the SFE. All other requirements will remain unchanged.
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) Fees
  • CQC Fees will be reimbursed directly.

  • Indemnity Inflation

For full details please go to the BMA website