General practitioner Practice manager Contract England

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GP partner contracts

Essential guidance for GP partners regarding contract Terms and Conditions.


Model contract - GMS

General Medical Services (GMS) contract
This contract acts as the basis for arrangements between NHS England and providers of general medical services in England. Download this from NHS England's website.


Model contract - PMS

Personal Medical Services (PMS) agreements
Up to date guidance on PMS reviews and PMS transition to GMS contracts.


GMS contract and PMS agreement – how they compare

As the PMS review process continues, many practices will have their funding reduced over the next few years. The GPC strongly encourages consideration of a return to the nationally negotiated GMS contract.

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Quality and Outcomes Frameworks (QOF)

The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) and NHS Employers (on behalf of NHS England) have agreed minor changes to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for 2016-2017.

Read the latest QOF guidance


Enhanced Services

Enhanced services are defined as primary medical services other than essential services, additional services or out-of-hours services. NHS England commissions these services across England.

Read the enhanced services for 2015-2016


Additional contract guidance

MCP contract framework
This paper summarises the main contractual elements contained in the MCP contract framework, the key concerns about the contract and the GPCs proposed alternative.

Friends and family test for GP practices
Read an outline of the requirements for the friends and family test (FFT) which became a contractual requirement from Dec 1 2014.

Contractual issues for GPs (PDF)
Read guidance to help clarify the implications of retirement on practices, practice mergers and advertising and tendering vacancies

Public Health Services contract
Read helpful FAQs on the public health services contract - a non-mandatory contract that local authorities, such as commissioners, can use for commissioning public health services.

Managing disputes with a Primary Care Organisation (PDF)


Supporting guidance for GP partners

Ethnicity and first language recording
Recording a patient's first language and ethnicity is no longer a contractual requirement. However some practices may wish to continue to record such information as a matter of routine in order to assess the needs of their population.

Focus on outer boundaries for GP practices
As part of the agreement negotiated between GPC and NHS Employers for 2012/13, changes were made to regulations that came into effect in April 2012 to allow practices to create 'outer boundaries'.

Focus on GP seniority payments
Seniority payments are payments to a contractor in respect of an individual GP provider to reward experience. They are based on the GP's number of years of reckonable service.

Focus on health service body status
The GPC receives a number of enquiries about whether practices should opt to become a health service body and how it affects the management of disputes.

Guidance on medical performers list for GPs (PDF)
This guidance note is for those applying as an individual medical practitioner to join a performers list, and for those intending to withdraw from a list.

Guidance on the suspended GP performer (PDF)
This guidance seeks to provide LMCs and GPs with authoritative guidance on the implications for, and actions required by, a suspended GP performer.