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The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) Regulations 2015

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 General

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Application

    3. 3.Interpretation

    4. 3A.Variation of core hours while a disease is or in anticipation of a disease being imminently pandemic etc.

    5. 3B.Amendment and withdrawal of announcements and advice in respect of pandemics etc.

  3. PART 2 Contractors: conditions and eligibility

    1. 4.Conditions: general

    2. 5.Conditions relating solely to medical practitioners

    3. 6.General condition relating to all contracts

    4. 7.Notice of conditions not being met and reasons

    5. 8.Right of appeal

  4. PART 3 Pre-contract dispute resolution

    1. 9.Pre-contract disputes

  5. PART 4 Health service body status

    1. 10.Health service body status: election

    2. 11.Health service body status: variation of contracts

    3. 12.Cessation of health service body status

  6. PART 5 Contracts: required terms

    1. 13.Parties to the contract

    2. 14.Health service contract

    3. 15.Contracts with individuals practising in partnership

    4. 16.Duration

    5. 17.Essential services

    6. 18.Out of hours services

    7. 19.Additional services

    8. 20.Services: general

    9. 21.Membership of a CCG

    10. 22.Certificates

    11. 23.Finance

    12. 24.Fees and charges

    13. 25.Circumstances in which fees and charges may be made

    14. 26.Patient participation

    15. 27.Publication of earnings information

    16. 28.Sub-contracting

    17. 29.Variation of contracts

    18. 29A.Variation of contracts: integrated care provider contracts

    19. 30.Variation of contracts: registered patients from outside practice area

    20. 31.Termination of a contract

    21. 32.Other contractual terms

    22. 32A.Suspension of contract terms or of enforcement of contract terms while a disease is or in anticipation of a disease being imminently pandemic etc.

  7. PART 6 Opt outs: additional and out of hours services

    1. 33.Opt outs: interpretation

    2. 34.Opt outs: general

    3. 35.Opt outs: additional services

    4. 36.Additional services: temporary opt outs and permanent opt outs following temporary opt outs

    5. 37.Additional services: permanent opt outs

    6. 38.Out of hours services: opt outs

    7. 39.Informing patients of opt outs

  8. PART 7 Persons who perform services

    1. 40.Qualifications of performers: medical practitioners

    2. 41.Qualifications of performers: health care professionals

    3. 42.Conditional registration or inclusion in primary care list

    4. 43.Clinical experience

    5. 44.Conditions for employment and engagement: medical practitioners

    6. 45.Conditions for employment or engagement: health care professionals

    7. 46.Clinical references

    8. 47.Verification of qualifications and competence

    9. 48.Training

    10. 49.Terms and conditions

    11. 50.Arrangements for GP Specialty Registrars

    12. 51.Notice requirements in respect of relevant prescribers

    13. 52.Signing of documents

    14. 53.Level of skill

    15. 54.Appraisal and assessment

  9. PART 8 Prescribing and dispensing

    1. 55.Prescribing: general

    2. 56.Orders for drugs, medicines or appliances

    3. 57.Electronic prescriptions

    4. 58.Nomination of dispensers for the purposes of electronic prescriptions

    5. 59.Repeatable prescribing services

    6. 60.Repeatable prescriptions

    7. 60A.Prescribing for electronic repeat dispensing

    8. 61.Restrictions on prescribing by medical practitioners

    9. 62.Restrictions on prescribing by supplementary prescribers

    10. 63.Bulk prescribing

    11. 64.Excessive prescribing

    12. 65.Provision of drugs, medicines and appliances for immediate treatment or personal administration

  10. PART 9 Prescribing and dispensing: out of hours services

    1. 66.Supply of medicines etc. by contractors providing out of hours services

  11. PART 10 Records and information

    1. 67.Patient records

    2. 68.Summary Care Record

    3. 69.Electronic transfer of patient records between GP practices

    4. 70.Clinical correspondence: requirement for NHS number

    5. 70A.Use of fax machines

    6. 71.Patient online services : appointments and prescriptions

    7. 71ZA.Patient online services: provision of online access to coded information in medical record and prospective medical record

    8. 71ZB.Patient online services: provision of online access to full digital medical record

    9. 71A.Patient access to online services

    10. 72.Confidentiality of personal data: nominated person

    11. 73.Requirement to have and maintain an online presence

    12. 73A.Requirement to maintain profile page on NHS website

    13. 74.Provision of information

    14. 74A.Provision of information: GP access data

    15. 74B.National Diabetes Audit

    16. 74C.Information relating to indicators no longer in the Quality and Outcomes Framework

    17. 74D.Information relating to alcohol related risk reduction and dementia diagnosis and treatment

    18. 74E. NHS Digital Workforce Collections

    19. 74F.Information relating to overseas visitors

    20. 74G.Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Central Alerting System

    21. 74H.Collection of data relating to appointments in general practice

    22. 75.Inquiries about prescriptions and referrals

    23. 76.Provision of information to a medical officer etc.

    24. 77.Annual return and review

    25. 78.Practice leaflet

  12. PART 11 Complaints

    1. 79.Complaints procedure

    2. 80.Co-operation with investigations

  13. PART 12 Dispute resolution

    1. 81.Local resolution of contract disputes

    2. 82.Dispute resolution: non-NHS contracts

    3. 83.NHS dispute resolution procedure

    4. 84.Determination of the dispute

    5. 85.Interpretation of this Part

  14. PART 13 Functions of a Local Medical Committee

    1. 86.Functions of a Local Medical Committee

  15. PART 14 Miscellaneous

    1. 87.Clinical governance

    2. 88.Friends and Family Test

    3. 89.Co-operation with the Board

    4. 90.Co-operation with the Secretary of State and Health Education England

    5. 91.Insurance

    6. 92.Public liability insurance

    7. 93.Gifts

    8. 94.Compliance with legislation and guidance

    9. 95.Third party rights

  16. PART 15 General transitional provision and saving, consequential amendments and revocations

    1. 96.General transitional provision and saving

    2. 97.Consequential amendments

    3. 98.Revocations

  17. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Additional services

      1. 1.Additional services: general

      2. 2.Cervical screening

      3. 3.Contraceptive services

      4. 4.Vaccines and immunisations

      5. 5.Childhood vaccines and immunisations

      6. 6.Child health surveillance

      7. 7.Maternity medical services

      8. 8.Minor surgery

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      List of prescribed medical certificates

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Other contractual terms

      1. PART 1 Provision of services

        1. 1.Premises

        2. 2.Telephone services

        3. 3.Cost of relevant calls

        4. 4.Attendance at practice premises

        5. 5.Attendance outside practice premises

        6. 6.Newly registered patients

        7. 7.Newly registered patients – alcohol dependency screening

        8. 7A.Patients living with frailty

        9. 8.Accountable GP

        10. 9.Patients not seen within three years

        11. 10.Patients aged 75 and over

        12. 11.Patients aged 75 and over: accountable GP

        13. 11A. NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS)

        14. 11B.Direct booking by NHS 111 or via a connected service

        15. 12.Clinical reports

        16. 13.Storage of vaccines

        17. 14.Infection control

        18. 15.Duty of co-operation

        19. 15A.Duty of co-operation: Primary Care Networks

        20. 16.Cessation of service provision: information requests

      2. PART 2 Patients: general

        1. 17.List of patients

        2. 18.Application for inclusion in a list of patients

        3. 19.Inclusion in list of patients: armed forces personnel

        4. 19A.Inclusion in list of patients: detained persons

        5. 20.Temporary residents

        6. 21.Refusal of applications for inclusion in list of patients or for acceptance as temporary resident

        7. 22.Patient preference of a practitioner

        8. 23.Removal from the list at the request of the patient

        9. 24.Removal from the list at the request of the contractor

        10. 25.Removal from the list of patients who are violent

        11. 26.Removal from the list of patients registered elsewhere

        12. 27.Removal from the list of patients who have moved

        13. 28.Removal from the list of patients whose address is unknown

        14. 29.Removal from the list of patients absent from the United Kingdom etc.

        15. 30.Removal from the list of patients accepted elsewhere as temporary residents

        16. 31.Removal from the list of pupils etc. of a school

        17. 32.Termination of responsibility for patients not registered with the contractor

      3. PART 3 Lists of patients: closure etc.

        1. 33.Application for closure of list of patients

        2. 34.Approval of an application to close a list of patients

        3. 35.Rejection of an application to close a list of patients

        4. 36.Application for an extension of a closure period

        5. 37.Re-opening of list of patients

      4. PART 4 Assignment of patients to lists

        1. 38.Application of this Part

        2. 39.Assignment of patients to list of patients: open and closed lists

        3. 40.Factors relevant to assignments

        4. 40A.Assignment of patients from outside practice area

        5. 41.Assignments to closed lists: composition and determinations of the assessment panel

        6. 42.Assignment to closed lists: NHS dispute resolution procedure relating to determinations of the assessment panel

        7. 43.Assignments to closed lists: assignments of patients by the Board

      5. PART 5 Sub-contracting

        1. 44.Sub-contracting of clinical matters

        2. 45.Sub-contracting out of hours services

        3. 46.Withdrawal and variation of approval under paragraph 45

        4. 47.Withdrawal or variation of approval with immediate effect

      6. PART 6 Provision of information: practice leaflet, use of NHS primary care logo, marketing campaigns and advertising private services

        1. 48.Information to be included in practice leaflets

        2. 48A.Use of NHS primary care logo

        3. 48B.Marketing campaigns

        4. 48C.Advertising private services

      7. PART 7 Notice requirements and rights of entry

        1. 49.Notices to the Board

        2. 50.Notice provisions specific to a contract with a company limited by shares

        3. 51.Notice provisions specific to a contract with two or more individuals practising in a partnership

        4. 52.Notice of deaths

        5. 53.Notices given to patients following variation of the contract

        6. 54.Entry and inspection by the Board

        7. 55.Entry and inspection by the Care Quality Commission

        8. 56.Entry and inspection by Local Healthwatch organisations

      8. PART 8 Variation and termination of contracts

        1. 57.Variation: general

        2. 58.Variation provisions specific to a contract with an individual medical practitioner

        3. 59.Variation provisions specific to a contract with two or more persons practising in partnership

        4. 60.Termination by agreement

        5. 61.Termination on the death of an individual medical practitioner

        6. 62.Termination by the contractor

        7. 63.Late payment notices

        8. 64.Termination by the Board: general

        9. 65.Termination by the Board for breach of conditions in regulation 5

        10. 66.Termination by the Board for the provision of untrue etc. information

        11. 67.Other grounds for termination by the Board

        12. 68.Termination by the Board where patients' safety is seriously at risk or where there is risk of material financial loss to Board

        13. 69.Termination by the Board for unlawful sub-contracting

        14. 70.Termination by the Board: remedial notices and breach notices

        15. 71.Termination by the Board: additional provisions specific to contracts with two or more persons practising in partnership and companies limited by shares

        16. 72.Contract sanctions

        17. 73.Contract sanctions and the NHS dispute resolution procedure

        18. 74.Termination and the NHS dispute resolution procedure

        19. 75.Consultation with the Local Medical Committee

    4. SCHEDULE 3A

      Suspension and reactivation of general medical services contracts

      1. 1.Interpretation

      2. 2.Right to suspend a general medical services contract

      3. 3.Integrated care provider contracts

      4. 4.Notice of intention to suspend a general medical services contract

      5. 5.Suspension of a general medical services contract: general

      6. 6.Notice of intention to reactivate a general medical services contract

      7. 7.Right to reactivate a general medical services contract

      8. 8.Reactivation of a general medical services contract: general

      9. 9.Termination, expiry or variation of an integrated care provider contract

    5. SCHEDULE 4

      Consequential amendments

      1. 1.Amendment of the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs etc) Regulations 2004

      2. 2.Amendment of the Primary Medical Services (Sale of Goodwill and Restrictions on Sub-contracting) Regulations 2004

      3. 3.Amendment of the NHS Business Services Authority (Awdurdod Gwasanaethau Busnes y GIG) Establishment and Constitution) Order 2005

      4. 4.Amendment of the Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service Complaints (England) Regulations 2009

      5. 5.Amendment of the National Health Service (Functions of the First-tier Tribunal relating to Primary Medical, dental and Ophthalmic Services) Regulations 2010

      6. 6.Amendment of the National Health Service (Clinical Commissioning Groups) Regulations 2012

      7. 7.Amendment of the National Health Service (Performers Lists) (England) Regulations 2013

      8. 8.Amendment of the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013

      9. 9.Amendment of the National Health Service (Clinical Commissioning Groups – Disapplication of Responsibility) Regulations 2013

      10. 10.Amendment of the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No. 2) Regulations 2013

    6. SCHEDULE 5

      List of enactments to be revoked

      1. 1.The enactments listed in column 1 of the Table are...

  18. Explanatory Note

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