NHS England has published guidance on how GP contract agreements will be implemented for PMS and APMS contractors.
Last month the government said GMS contractors will receive a £2.21 per patient increase. That increase includes recycled MPIG correction factor and funding for patient participation group and alcohol enhanced services scrapped in contract negotiations as well as a 1.16% uplift agreed by ministers in response to the DDRB recommendation for a 1% pay rise.
NHS England said the funding rise for PMS and APMS practice would deliver an ‘equitable and consistent’ approach across contracts.
There will be an ‘exceptional’ second GMS global sum increase in 2015 in October which will reinvest withdrawn seniority funding.
NHS England said: ‘The annual reduction in GMS seniority payments will be applied and achieved via the combined effect of net attrition (due to retirement and closing entrants to the scheme, less the increase in payments due to progression up the scales) and a reduction to the seniority payment scales (evenly across all increments). These sums will be simultaneously reinvested into global sum. The level of spend in 2014/15 will not be known until July 2015.’
It added that commissioners will apply an increase to PMS practices based on PMS weighted patient share where levels of funding equivalent to GMS seniority payments have been identified.
APMS and PMS contracts with separately identified levels of funding for seniority payments will have them reduced in accordance with GMS reductions from 1 October.