Detail published for £50 million clinical DESs

NHS Employers and the GPC have confirmed and published the final guidance on the five clinical directed enhanced services (DESs) for GPs in England.

Practices will receive £35 per patient treated under the heart failure DES, £2.33 for each newly registered patient that has been screened for alcohol misuse and 5.6p for every registered patient on the ethnicity DES.

Additionally, £588.21 will be available per practice for diagnosing and prescribing secondary prevention for patients with osteoporosis and £100 per practice for every health check for learning disabilities.

Andrew Clapperton, head of primary care contracting at NHS Employers, said: ‘We are pleased that guidance on the five new DESs for 2008/9 has now been agreed and published.’

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman, added: ‘We are pleased that his guidance has been finalised so that GPs can plan how their practices are going to work with these new enhanced services.’

The DoH is now in the process of drafting the legal documentation for the five clinical DESs.

The final guidance can be found at

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