In October 2015 the Government announced the intention to create a new ‘voluntary’ contract to be used by GPs in England, working with others, that would provide ‘at scale’ general practice (i.e. over populations of at least 30,000-50,000 patients, but possibly larger depending on the services they cover).
Over the last 18 months this has been developed by NHS England via the MCP Contract Development Group, resulting in the publication of the multispecialty community provider (MCP) emerging care model and contract framework followed by the full MCP contract and a suite of documents covering the Virtual, Partially-Integrated and Fully-Integrated MCP models.
It is expected that NHS England will be updating these documents in the coming months.
The guidance notes below provide a summary of the main elements pertaining to the MCP contract and GPC’s key concerns and will be joined by more detailed guidance on each of the proposed contractual models as further information is released.