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Do you know your GMS from your ICS?

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Do you know your GMS from your ICS?

Integration has become one of the most important words in health policy. The NHS long term plan makes it clear that closer working between NHS organisations, social care and the voluntary sector remains a top priority.

As the first point of contact for most patients with a range of services, primary care is at the heart of all integration plans, but integrating with something you don’t understand is difficult and risky.

Although contracting is a dry and technical subject, it is essential to have a basic understanding of how contracts work, what they allow you to do and what they may prevent you from doing. What difference will the new “GP network” contract make to commissioners as they strive to hit the government’s target for 100% coverage of ICS within two years?

This workshop on 20 March in London2 April in Manchester and 25 April in Birmingham  is a beginners’ guide to the subject but would suit anyone who needs to understand how primary medical contracts can enable or impede change. It explains the basic concepts, breaks down the jargon and acronyms and explains where primary medical services are now and where they are heading.