GP Contract Changes 2019: Investment and Evolution: A five year framework for GP contract reform to implement The NHS Long Term Plan
Following the recent announcement about the five year GP contract framework for England, GPC has published more information about the important changes.
One of the key aims within this agreement is the abolition of the personal expense of indemnity cover across the profession, and the introduction of a state-backed indemnity scheme to begin in April 2019. This will mean that all GPs and practice staff will be covered, thereby freeing GPs from the significant risk of rapidly rising indemnity costs. You can read more about these changes to the indemnity scheme in a blog by Mark Sanford-Wood, GPC England deputy chair.
- Access guidance
GPC England has released additional guidance that provides an overview of all elements of the contract agreement which could change how patients will access primary care in the future and the impact of these changes on practices.
Download BMA Access Guidance February 2019
- The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)
Download Contract agreement QOF guidance-Jan2019
- IT and digital requirements
Download Contract agreement IT and Digital guidance-Jan2019
Locum practice agreement
The BMA have published the locum practice agreement this week which has been developed jointly by GPC and the sessional GP subcommittee with the help of BMA Law. It consists of terms and conditions and a work schedule which together form a legal contract that can be used by locum GPs and GP practices for locum engagements. It is intended to minimise common disputes between locums and practices and clearly outline the type of work that will be undertaken by a locum when working at a practice. It is also intended to protect against locums being categorised as an employee or worker by HMRC for tax purposes or by an employment tribunal for the purposes of statutory employment protection, as well as ensure that there are appropriate arrangements in place for compliance with GDPR.
BMA members who use the locum practice agreement can check any terms and conditions they are offered with the BMA contract checking service to ensure they align with the BMA model terms and conditions. Members can also contact the BMA to get advice and support with resolving any disputes if they occur. Background information and FAQs are available on the website, as well as Work schedule and model T&Cs.