The Network Contract DES Directions began on 1 April 2019 and following sign-up to the Network Contract DES, the requirements on GP practices applied from 1 July 2019. The Network Contract DES is intended to remain in place until at least 31 March 2024, with the Network Contract DES specification evolving over time, subject to annual review and development. The Network Contract DES forms part of a long-term, larger package of contract reform as set out in Investment and Evolution: A five-year framework for GP contract reform to implement the NHS Long Term Plan, which also sets out the key features of the Network Contract DES.
This Network Contract DES specification applies to the first year of the Network Contract DES, covering the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. It has been agreed between NHS England and the British Medical Association’s (BMA) General Practitioners Committee England (GPC).
The service requirements are:
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