NHS England has published supporting guidance on the five-year GP (General Medical Services) contract framework for England from 2019/20. The new contract framework marks some of the biggest general practice contract changes in over a decade and is described by NHS England as “essential to deliver the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan”. This commits an additional £4.5 billion for primary medical and community health services by 2023/24.
- Criteria and eligibility for GP practices to sign up to the new Network Contract DES, which applies from Monday 1 July 2019 for signed-up GPs. Establishing primary care networks (PCNs) the DES will enable funding for additional clinical pharmacists and social prescribing link workers during 2019/20 and additional healthcare professionals. It outlines transition arrangements for pharmacists employed under/funded by the existing Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice and Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programmes. Further information is available in a briefing paper.
- Quality and Outcomes Framework supporting guidance for indicators such as diabetes, blood pressure control and cervical screening, prescribing safety and end of life care.
Further guidance is also available online for the following:
- Implementing the 2019/20 GP Contract Changes to Personal Medical Services and Personal Medical Services Contracts
- 2019/20 GMS Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)
- 2019/20 NHS England Enhanced Service Specifications for the vaccinations and immunisation programmes delivered in general practice
- 2019/20 GMS Contract guidance