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GPs given February deadline to bid for premises funding

GP practices wanting to access funding to set up the new ‘multi-specialty community provider’ model of working should come forward with bids by 2 February, NHS England has said.

NHS England planning guidance for 2015/16 revealed that practices that already have advanced plans for the new model of working - which would see GPs offering more services, and even employing consultats - and who will be able to swiftly roll out changes during 2015 will be prioritised.

The document also said a plan to tackle the GP workforce crisis, worked out together with the GPC and RCGP, will be unveiled in January.

GPs trialling new models of working as set out in NHS England’s five-year plan can gain access to a £200 million ‘transformation fund’ set up by the Government to kickstart planned changes to primary care.

The planning guidance, published on Friday, also said that GPs will separately be able to bid for the first tranche of the four-year £1 billion primary care infrastructure fund, but more information on this would be made available in January.

It also revealed NHS England will set up a new planning board tasked with making decisions about the funding for new models, called the ‘New Models of Care Board’.

The guidance document said MCPs - GP-led organisations providing primary, secondary and community care - are one of four models NHS England will pilot in 2015/16, also alongside the hospital-led Primary and Acute Care Systems (PACS), set to employ salaried GPs to work for hospital trusts; a new type of viable smaller hospital; and rolling out enhanced health services within care homes.

The document said: ‘The first cohort of sites will be ones that are in the vanguard, making the strongest progress. They will already have in place: an ambitious vision of what change they want to achieve to the model of care, in order to meet clear identified needs and preferences of their local population; a record of already having made tangible progress towards new ways of working in 2014; a credible plan to make move at serious pace and make rapid change in 2015.’

It added: ‘Local organisations or areas wishing to become first cohort sites are asked to express their interest by Monday 2 February to the new care models team (england.fiveyearview@nhs.net). We will provide further information on the core requirements of each of the models in early January. Where possible, we will use existing information to inform site selection, rather than rely on long written applications. Some of the first sites will be agreed by February, in a process overseen by the New Models of Care Board, co-chaired by NHS England and Monitor; and the first support programmes will be developed by the end of March.’

The guidance also said the results of its work to reduce the pressure on the GP workforce will shortly be unveiled.

‘Primary care is central to the new population-based health care models described in the Forward View. But general practice is under a great deal of pressure. To tackle some of the immediate workforce issues, NHS England and Health Education England (HEE) have been developing a plan working alongside the RCGP and the GPC, to attract more training doctors into general practice, make better use of the wider clinical workforce in primary care, target measures to support retention and to support clinicians who have left general practice to return. We will publish the plan in January,’ the document said.

Readers' comments (11)

  • Wonder who one had to know to get a piece of the pie
    Or maybe
    Hard work integrity honesty fairness intelligence practicalities common sense just maybe this maybe what the powers to be are looking for .....,

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  • It's nothing to do with fairness.

    This is government pushing salaried GP model out (big well funded surgeries over taking small GMS ones) and director of the business offering pittance to work as salaried GPs.

    Agenda is all clear.

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  • 22 December 2014 5:26pm

    too true :(

    what is insulting is that they profess to actually represent us.

    as a salaried doc i can tell you it is not the way to go - i am looking for a way out myself as salaried docs are treated badly.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Harvey Dent flipped his coin: head is MCP , tail is PCAS.
    Whichever it is , the pistol is out to shoot down single handed GPs.......

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  • Vinci Ho

    I suppose both MCP and PCAS will have to employ many physician assistants to make them work . How promising to this new 'profession'!!!

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  • @ Anonymous 5:36PM - go freelance. You'll love it. And. You'll thank me.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Apology
    PACS

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  • The new model will be decided by the free market a dearth of british trained doctors means we can command a premium working for"primary care"organisations regardless of what they want to pay we need to be independent locums,our local hospital in Shrewsbury has 40% of its medical workforce supplied by locums whe reject the pay and conditions offered by the trust,we do the same

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  • I think you need to bare in mind the recent announcement about physicians assistants.

    Why do you think the government is keen to bring this about? To help current practices? No, they want to ensure their chums in the new super surgeries can run it as cheaply as possible. "Expensive" GPs will not be required in this new world.

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  • This is a disgraceful attempt by those who have the ear of the SoS to grab funding for their pet projects. Short timescale equals inside track. may not appear in front of Margaret Hodge but should do so

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