How will the GMS contract changes for 2017/18 affect you?
Are you focusing on the changes to make more money for your GP practice?
The GMS contract changes means that there will be an additional £238.7 million pumped into the service. The biggest changes to note were:
- An increase in the payment for Learning Disabilities Health Check Scheme from £116.00 to £140.00 per health check
- NHS England and GPC have also agreed the new global sum figure for 2017/18. The value per weighted patient is set to rise from £80.59 in 2016/17 to £85.35 in 2017/18, a rise of 5.9 per cent
- GP retention scheme: In 2016, under an interim scheme, the practice payment rose from £59.18 to £76.92 per session, an increase of approximately 30%. NHS England will fund the 2017 scheme wholly from within the primary care allocation budget and the practice payment and professional expenses supplement will remain the same as the 2016 scheme
- Payments for indemnity costs that will be made based on registered patients at 51.6p per patient
A change in the value of a Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) point as a result of a Contractor Population Index (CPI) adjustment. There will be no changes this year to the number of QOF points, indicators or thresholds.
Changes to the GP Retention Scheme with an additional £1 million investment, which I will discuss in another article.
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This change is to support the joint commitment to ensure locally responsive, safe and appropriate access to general practice for all patients in England during contracted hours.
Local Medical Committees should be integral partners in working with local commissioners in ensuring practices are fulfilling their contractual requirements.