• Good news with strings attached: implications of the GP network contract

    8 February 2019

    General practice has every reason to welcome the NHS Long Term Plan and the contract settlement that followed in its wake, according to lawyer Nils Christiansen. Extra funding for primary care will create an opportunity to build multidisciplinary teams and stronger local organisations, but in order to benefit from the new money practices will need to be prepared to work together.

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  • When your pharmacy can give you a headache: a prescription for dispensing practices

    7 February 2019

    As with any change, the drive to deliver primary care at scale carries with it the risk of unintended consequences.

    For a dispensing practice looking to merge or to move to shiny new premises, the loss of a valuable income stream from dispensing can be one.

    PCC primary care adviser Charlotte Goodson cautions that the regulations in this area are particularly opaque and complex and dispensing practices need to take stock when planning changes.

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  • NHS payments to general practice

    21 December 2018

    NHS Digital has published its annual report on payments to general practice for 2017/18.

    The report provides details on payments to providers of general practice services in England in the past financial year.

    It includes a breakdown of payments made through the global sum, balance of Primary Medical Services (PMS) expenditure, quality and outcomes framework (QOF) and enhanced services, including an estimate of how much the NHS paid by registered patient in England.

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  • GP apps promise to change how we pay for primary care

    4 December 2018

    Digital healthcare services will fundamentally challenge the basis of existing primary care contracting and payment systems.

    Rob McGough, a partner with law firm Hill Dickinson, told a recent PCC event that the rise of large scale online and app providers was not foreseen when existing models were put in place. That, after all, was a different time – before the advances and ready access to technology we see today.

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  • Directions for primary medical services in integrated services provider contracts

    6 August 2018

    NHS England has issued directions for organisations commissioning primary medical services under an integrated services provider contract.

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