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Focus on funding and support for general practice

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As part of the Urgent Prescription for general practice, GPC asked for fair and sustainable funding and resources to reach a minimum of 11% of NHS spend.

The GP Forward View has gone some way in addressing this ask through the announced increase in the level of investment in primary care, and specifically to general practice.

Investment to general practice services will rise by a recurrent £2.4bn by 2020/21, which will increase the proportion of investment going into general practice to over 10% of the NHS England budget.

NHS England have indicated the funds will be distributed equally up to 2020/21. GPC will be challenging this modelling as it seeks to secure front-loading of the funding to better deal with the current crisis in general practice.

 

How to use this guide

Often the time between announcement of funds and the closing date for applications is very tight, leaving practices very little time to plan and submit their bid.

This guide aims to summarise:

  • the different funding streams currently or soon to be available
  • what they can and cannot be used for
  • the relevant criteria to be met
  • where to find more information

Use this guide to identify which options might be right for your practice, then begin to plan your applications.

We will add to and update this guide to reflect any new information released by NHS England and add any new sources of funding or support.

GPC would like to acknowledge the work of the Humberside Group of Local Medical Committees in the development of this guidance.

 

Funding and support guide

  • Current funding schemes

    General Practice Resilience Programme

    This programme aims to deliver a 'menu of support' that will help practices to become more resilient and sustainable, better placed to tackle the challenges they face now and into the future, and securing continuing high quality care for patients.

    Find out more

     

    Retained doctor scheme - 2016 enhancement

    This is a package of support which includes financial incentives and development support to help GPs who might otherwise leave the profession to remain in clinical general practice.

    Find out more

     

    General Practice Development Programme

    The General Practice Development Programme is the overarching term being used for various different strands of funding. The main elements are:

    1. Time for care
    2. General practice improvement leader programme
    3. Training for reception and clerical staff
    4. Practice manager development
    5. Online consultation systems

     

    New Models of Care funding and support

    National support for future MCPs, PACSs and acute care collaborations, linked to the next phase of sustainability and transformation planning.

    Find out more

     

    Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice

    Funding to support the creation of Clinical Pharmacist posts in general practice. This is a follow up to last year's pilot scheme.

    Find out more

     

    NHS GP Health Service

    This programme will improve access to mental health support for general practitioners and trainee GPs who may be suffering from mental ill health including stress and burnout.

    Find out more

     

    GP Access Fund

    To support better access to general practice for the public. NHS England describe this as 'to enable CCGs to commission and fund extra capacity to ensure that everyone has access to GP services.'

    Find out more

     

    Estates and Transformation Fund

    Investment to accelerate the development of infrastructure to enable the improvement and expansion of joined-up out of hospital care for patients. This was formerly the Primary Care Transformation Fund.

    Find out more

     

    Pharmacy Integration Fund

    This is worth £20 million in 2016/17 and rising by a further £20 million each year, to help further transform how pharmacists, their teams and community pharmacy work as part of wider NHS services in their area. Subject to a separate consultation, the proposals include better support for GP practices, for care homes and for urgent care for the use of the fund.

    Find out more

     

    Practice transformational support

    CCG investment to be used to stimulate development of at scale providers for improved access, stimulate implementation of the 10 high impact actions to free up GP time, and secure sustainability of general practice.

    Find out more

     

    Connecting doctors

    Read the blog post on the impact on Clinical pharmacy

  • Checklist of funding schemes

    Use our helpful checklist of current funding schemes for an at-a-glance reference guide.

    Checklist of funding schemes (PDF)

     

  • Future funding schemes

    The GP Forward view does reference further funding streams that aim to help with the crisis in general practice. These future funding streams to look out for are summarised below. We will provide more information on them once it is published.

    More information on the GP Forward View funding streams can also be found in the NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2017-2019.

     

    Pharmacy integration fund

    This is worth £20 million in 2016/17 and rising by a further £20 million each year, to help further transform how pharmacists, their teams and community pharmacy work as part of wider NHS services in their area.

    Subject to a separate consultation, the proposals include better support for GP practices, for care homes and for urgent care for the use of the fund.

     

    Practice nurse development

    £15 million will be invested nationally in general practice nurse development, including support for return to work schemes, improving training capacity in general practice for nurses, increases in the number of pre-registration nurse placements and other measures to improve retention.

     

    Mental health

    There will be investment in an extra 3000 mental health therapists to be working in primary care by 2020 to support localities to expand the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

     

    IT support

    Core GP IT services will be expanded in 2017/18, to include: funding for Wi-Fi for staff and patients within practice settings (funding to be made available for hardware, implementation and service costs); cost-effective purchase of telephone and e-consultation tools; funding to support education in using digital services to best effect, and enhancements to the e-referral system to improve alerts and communications.

     

    Stamp duty

    NHS England will fund stamp duty and land tax costs for practices signing leases with NHS Property Services from May 2016 until the end of October 2017.

     

    Management costs

    NHS England will develop new funding routes to enable transitional funding support for practices seeing significant rises in facilities management costs in the next 18 months in leases held with NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships.

     

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