Named Accountable GP
As part of a new contractual requirement for 2015-2016, all patients registered at a GP practice are to be allocated a "Named accountable GP."
What does "Accountable" mean?
The new contract requires the named accountable GP to be responsible for the co-ordination of all appropriate services required under the contract, and ensure they are delivered to each of those patients where required, on the patients' behalf.
However, this does not mean that they will be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient.
Will practices write to patients to inform them of their named GP?
No, however, practices are required to inform patients of their named GP at the next appropriate interaction.
Can patients choose their own accountable GP?
In the first instance, patients will simply be allocated a named GP. However, if a patient requests a particular GP, reasonable effort will be made to meet their preference.
Do patients have to see their named GP when they book an appointment?
No. Patients can and should feel free to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice in line with current arrangements. However, if their preferred GP is not available, an alternative will be offered.
From 1st April patients will be able to access part of their records online. How will this work?
Currently our surgery is in the process of changing clinical computer system, so until this transition has happened then this will not be available to our patients. We anticipate the transition being completed by late summer and we will then provide instructions regarding how this will will work and the coded access that will be required for patients.
As part of GP Contract, the Government have made it mandatory for GP earnings to be published.
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in The Rowhedge & University of Essex Medical Practice in the last financial year was £87,974 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 3 full time GP(s), 2 part time GP(s) and 1 locum(s) who worked in the practice for more than six months.
However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice. For example average earning for GP's in a surgery employing 10 part time salaried/locum doctors would appear to be only half that of a similar surgery employing 5 full time GP's. These figures should not therefore be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice. Increasing operational costs such as Medical Indemnity, CQC fees (which are rising three fold), and GMC fees are all borne by the partners. Increasing staff salaries and training fees coupled with the difficulty in retaining and recruiting GP's are forcing many local practices to either close or merge with other practices with the loss of their branch surgeries.