• NHS standard contract 2017-19 and national variations – action by 31 January

    5 January 2018

    NHS England has published the a new edition of the full length and short form NHS standard contract 2017-19, updated technical guidance, information on national variations and related documents.

    Commissioners must now ensure that the appropriate national variation is implemented for all of their contracts, to take effect from 1 February 2018. Where commissioners are placing new contracts with providers, they must now use the updated versions of the relevant contract.

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  • Home oxygen order form

    5 April 2017
    Home Oxygen support for queries and information is held at a regional level in England and Wales. This includes the use and questions related to the HOOF (Home Oxygen Order Form). In order to ensure that any and all queries are dealt with correctly, and in line with the HOS contracts, it is important that each HOS regional lead provides the answers and direction of such queries.
     
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  • NHS England, government and BMA agree new GP contract for 2017/18

    7 February 2017

    NHS England, the government, and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee have reached agreement on changes to the general medical services contract in England that will benefit both patients and GPs.

    The new agreement includes an increased focus on some of the most vulnerable, with tailored annual reviews offered to frail pensioners, and an increase in the number of health checks for people with learning disabilities.

    The new contract also includes provisions to encourage practices to expand access and not to close for half a day a week. GP practices which regularly close for mornings or afternoons on a week day will lose their eligibility for the current extended hours scheme claimed by most practices. Practices who club together with other GPs in their local area to offer more evening and weekend appointments will be eligible for extra non-contractual funding over and above the current scheme.

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  • NHS primary medical services directions update

    6 February 2017

    The Department of Health has published the General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Amendment No. 3) Directions 2016 and the Alternative Provider Medical Services Directions 2016 which supersedes the Alternative Provider Medical Services Directions 2013 as amended.

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  • MCP draft contract published

    20 December 2016

    NHS England has published a draft version of the multispecialty community provider (MCP) contract and supporting documents. This follows the publication in July 2016 of an MCP framework which described the care model and introduced the emerging contract and business model that underpins it. The package includes a document addressing GP participation in an MCP, which is potentially the most complex aspect of the MCP model. A revised version of the contract will be published in early 2017 for initial use by vanguards, informing subsequent revision and a formal consultation during 2017.

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