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NHS England clarifies flexible funding arrangements for PCN additional roles

 

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NHS England clarifies flexible funding arrangements for PCN additional roles

NHS England has clarified the changes to the additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS) for primary care networks, which were outlined in the GMS contract agreement published earlier this month.

A letter to CCGs makes it clear that the six new roles announced in February will be eligible for 100% funding for salary and on costs from April. The four existing roles will also be fully funded from that date. Commissioners are encouraged to use any underspend in ARRS funding to enable PCNs to recruit before the end of the current financial year. NHS England has advised that reimbursement of staff already in post should not change but that staff employed from 17 February should be paid at the maximum rate specified by the new contract so as to become eligible to funding from 1 April without having to change their terms and conditions. The letter also makes clear that PCNs will be free to employ whatever mix of new roles best equips them to meet the terms of the new network contract DES.