New payments for GPs

New payments will be made to GPs from 5 January 2015 under the out of area registration: in hours urgent primary medical care (including home visits) enhanced service.

Every consultation at the practice (excluding home visits but may include telephone/skype consultations.) is £15.87 per GP (or other healthcare professional as appropriate).

There will be £60 for a home visit.

This enhanced service has been designed by NHS England to support the new out of area patient registration arrangements to extend choice of GP practice.

It seeks to secure access to local GP practices for patients living in the practice area but who are registered with a practice away from home without access to home visits.

All GP practices will be able to register new patients who live outside their practice area without any obligation to provide home visits when the patient is at home, away from, and unable to attend, their registered practice.

NHS England said where GP practices do not wish to participate in this enhanced service then area teams are free to offer the service to neighbouring practices: ‘In those circumstances the national pricing does not apply and is to be agreed locally.’

The enhanced service is intended for use during the period 5 January 2015 to 31 March 2016.

Practices eligible to provide this enhanced service must currently maintain an open list status.

Existing GP health centres, walk-in centres or minor injuries units that already have unregistered patient services included in their current service contract are excluded.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact Andrew Goddard on 01704 215450.