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Funding checklist sent to GPs ahead of local GPFV plan submissions

Funding checklist sent to GPs ahead of local GPFV plan submissions

The BMA has advised GPs what to look out for in local plans to implement the GP forward view ahead of their submission by CCGs later this month
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The British Medical Association has advised GPs what to look out for in local plans to implement the GP forward view ahead of their submission by CCGs later this month.

The BMA GP committee has issued every local medical committee (LMC) with a checklist of schemes required to effectively deliver the GP Forward View at a local level.

CCG’s are expected to submit a strategy to NHS England by 23 December outlining how they plan to carry out the aims in the GP Forward View.

Ahead of this, the committee recommends LMCs engage with their CCG to make sure the plans address the challenges facing general practice.

The checklist highlights key elements to look out for in the plans, including transformational support, the GP access fund and funding for reception and clerical staff.

In a letter accompanying the checklist from the BMA GPs committee, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the committee, said the plans should meet local needs but they also must set out:

  • How access to general practice will be improved
  • How funds for practice transformational support will be created and deployed to support general practice
  • How ring-fenced funding being devolved to CCGs to support the training of care navigators and medical assistants, and stimulate the use of online consultations, will be deployed.

These targets echo those set out in the Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance released in September by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Dr Nagpaul added in a statement: “GPC has produced a checklist of GPFV commitments to enable LMCs and practices to hold CCGs to account, and ensure that the resources in the GPFV are delivered in a timely manner, to frontline staff.

“This is vital to relieve pressure on practices, as a recent BMA survey found that eight in 10 GPs say that workload pressures mean they are struggling to provide safe, quality patient care.”

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