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BMA publishes guide on all funding available to GPs

The BMA has published a guide showing what funding and support is available for GP practices and how to apply.

Schemes in the guidance include the General Practice Resilience Programme, which provides support to practices lacking ‘resilience’, the enhanced retained doctor scheme and the general practice development programme, which contains various funding streams such as time for care, practice manager development and online consultation systems.

The guidance also details support for new models of care, the vulnerable practices fund, the clinical pharmacists in general practice pilot, NHS GP health service, the GP Access Fund and the Estates and Transformation Fund.

The guidance also references future schemes that have been announced, but with no concrete details, for example a pharmacy integration fund and practice nurse development.

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, GPC lead for education, training and workforce, said: ‘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.’