NHS England and NHS Improvement have published details on how the extra funding announced in the General Practice Forward View will be used to help transform services. They appear in Delivering the Forward View: NHS Operational Planning Guidance for 2017/18 and 2018/19.
On top of planned increases to primary medical care allocations for general practice, the guidance confirms that there will also be further local recurrent funding to improve and increase capacity in general practice, totalling £138m by 2017/18 and increasing to £258m by 2018/19. This will contribute to the overall ambition of investing an extra £2.4 billion in general practice services by 2020/21.
In 2016/17, this funding is being made available to the General Practice Access Fund pilot schemes (formerly the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund) and a number of additional areas across the country which will accelerate delivery of improving GP access in 2017/18. This will also enable London to begin a capital wide programme of improving access from 2016/17.
The Department of Health has published the General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Amendment No.3) Directions 2015. The document sets out amendments to the GMS contract for GPs from 1 October 2015 affecting global sum, dispensing and seniority payments.
NHS Employers (on behalf of NHS England) and the BMA General Practitioners Committee have now published joint guidance supporting the 2015/16 GMS contract changes. The guidance for GMS, QOF and vaccination programmes can be found on the NHS Employers website.
These directions set out the legal framework under which GPs operate and are paid.
The Department of Health has published 2015 directions for General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Amendment); Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services); Alternative Provider Medical Services (Amendment) and the National Health Service Litigation Authority (Primary Medical Services: General Practice Systems of Choice: CCG Practice Agreement: Dispute Resolution).