When to inform patients of the change
From 1 April 2015, practices are contractually required to allocate a named, accountable GP to all patients (including children).
All patients who were on the practice list prior to 1 April 2015 will need to be allocated their named accountable GP by 30 June 2015.
All new patients who register with a practice after 1 April 2015 should be allocated their named accountable GP within 21 days of registration.
This excludes patients aged 75 and over already allocated a named accountable GP under existing provisions.
BMA, NHS England and NHS Employers produced joint guidance which features more detail on when to inform patients about their named GP.
Read guidance for the GMS contract 2015-2016
How to inform patients of the change
Practices are free to determine how best to inform their patients but one example is to inform individual patients at the first appropriate interaction with the practice.
The GPC is aware of an anomaly between the GMS contract guidance and the GMS Regulations.
Under Regulation 4B it states that contractors must inform patients of the assignment of a named GP by 30 June 2015. NHS England has agreed that it is acceptable for practices to meet this criteria in line with the GMS contract guidance.
We would not expect practices to be found in breach of contract by following the GMS contract guidance and the position set out in this 'Focus on' document.