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November 2020: General Practice Covid Capacity Expansion Fund
We have established a new General Practice Covid Capacity Expansion Fund. £150 million of revenue is being immediately allocated through ICS to CCGs for general practice, for the purpose of supporting the expanding general practice capacity up until the end of March 2021. The fund is ringfenced exclusively for use in general practice. Systems are encouraged to use the fund to stimulate the creation of additional salaried GP roles that are attractive to practices and locums alike. The fund could also be used for the employment of staff returning to help with Covid, or to increase the time commitment of existing salaried staff. And in line with commitments already made in the GP contract, support will be available to establish flexible pools of employed GPs (including returners) and other staff to deploy across local communities.
November 2020: Network Contract DES; Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme claim form update
Following the addition of nursing associate and trainee nursing associate roles to the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme under the Network Contract DES from 1 October, the ARRS claim form has been updated to allow PCNs to claim reimbursement for these roles.
PCNs are reminded that monthly claims must be submitted to the commissioner for review and approval on a timely basis.
November 2020: Continuing to support people with a learning disability
Practices should use their clinical judgement and knowledge of the patient, together with the advice of family or other carers, in determining whether they would be able to participate in a remote review.
Where practices can demonstrate that they are taking an individual approach to health check delivery and are completing as much of the prescribed elements as practicable then they will be eligible for payment under the DES during 2020/21.
November 2020: Directed Enhanced Service Specification (DES) for flu updated
An updated Directed Enhanced Service Specification (DES) for the seasonal flu and pneumococcal vaccination programme 2020/21 has been published. This version (version 3) replaces the version published in September, and has been updated in part 2 to reflect the arrangements for practices accessing, administering and claiming payment for administering centrally supplied flu vaccines in line with the process laid out by the Department of Health and Social Care.
November 2020: Suspension of the need for patient signatures on prescriptions, dental and ophthalmic forms
For a period of 5 months to 31 March 2021