BMA guide to GP funding helps practices target new funding streams

A new guide for GPs giving details of all the funding streams available for their practice has been published by the BMA.

The website and downloadable document sets out all the various current and future streams of funding include the new pots of money and schemes launched by the GP Forward View earlier this year.

The GPC said the guide would help practices plan and meet often tight deadlines to apply for new funding schemes.

The guide summarises the various income streams, what they can and cannot be used for, the relevant criteria to be met and where to find more information.

Current streams include the general practice resilience programme, retained doctor scheme, the general practice development programme and vulnerable practices fund. Future funding pots include the practice transformational support fund, the pharmacy integration fund, and practice nurse development fund.

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GPC England’s policy lead for education, training and workforce Dr Krishna Kasaraneni said: ‘General practice has been woefully underfunded for a number of years but following strong lobbying from the BMA’s GP committee over the past three years, and more recently from the Special Conference of LMCs, the GP Forward View announced a package of proposals to support general practice both in the immediate and longer term since 2004.

'Many of the proposals took on board the GPC’s specific recommendations in our urgent prescription for general practice. This includes our proposals for increased recurring investment, with over £2bn additional funding every year going into general practice by 2020, the introduction of a practice resilience programme, a commitment to address rising indemnity costs, the need for an expansion of the workforce, along with initiatives to encourage GP retention, and support to reduce unnecessary burdens on general practice. All of these are vital to ensuring GPs can deliver high quality patient care today and in the future.

'We, of course, welcome any funding or support for general practice, but as GPs it can be incredibly difficult to keep track of what is available and how all the different pots of money relate to one another. Often the time between the announcement of funds and the closing date for applications is very tight, leaving practices very little time to plan and submit their bid.

'This guide has been created to help GPs so they know exactly what funding they are entitled to, what criteria has to be met, and where they can find more information.’

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