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Oct 04,2018
NHS England is currently consulting on a new Integrated Care Provider contract (ICP). This seeks to commission services on a whole population basis by providing primary, secondary and possibly tertiary health and care services together through one contract. This would result in one single provider being responsible for the majority of healthcare delivered to a locality. Here, we share our views on the impact the ICP contract could have on GP practices. As currently drafted, it is a condition of...
Feb 09,2018
GP practices and salaried GPs are advised to check the terms of their employment contracts if employed clinical staff are considering taking out “claims made” insurance, such as that recently offered by the MDU. In a previous blog, we looked at the broader implications of claims-made insurance policies (Will you or your practice be impacted by the MDU policy changes?). However, another potential consequence, which we’ll be focusing on here, is how claims-made policies may inadvertently put...
Jun 13,2017
A GMS contract is a legally binding agreement made between a GP practice and NHS England (NHSE) that sets out certain obligations for both parties. It is the most important asset a practice will hold. Running to over 270 pages plus lengthy appendices, it is a substantial and complicated document, both to navigate and understand. Unless a practice has read it from beginning to end, and has very careful monitoring in place, it is likely that most practices will be in breach of their obligations...
Oct 14,2016
Whether you’re in a GP partnership or a single hander running your own practice, there are likely to be times and situations that prompt you to re-evaluate your position. Maybe you find yourself facing challenging circumstances, such as a dispute, or financial pressures which are making the practice unprofitable. You may feel your individual risk is too great if you have an insufficient number of partners to share the burden, or you need to act now to avoid the ‘last man standing’ issue. It...