Primary Care Support England

GP payments and pensions

Important GP Pensions Update. Click here to read our March update.

GP Payments

PCSE is responsible for administering the following payments to GP practices:

  • GP practice on a GMS contract
  • GP practice on a PMS or an APMS contract
  • Drugs payments (prescribing and dispensing)
  • Childhood immunisations payments
  • Seniority payments
  • Locum Costs
  • Premises costs for rent
  • Premises costs for rates
  • GP registrar payments
  • GP training grant payments
  • Enhanced Service payments via CQRS
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework payments (aspiration)
  • Quality and Outcomes framework payment (achieved)
  • Public Health Immunisation Schedules payments
  • GP retainers
  • Changing bank details for payment
  • Local Medical Committee levies-depends on contract type

The process for paying practices involves a number of parties. The role PCSE provides, and the way payments are processed, varies across the country. There will not be a change initially to the way payments are processed for your area as work moves from local PCSE offices to our strategic sites. As part of our plans for the future though, we will work with NHS England to standardise our part of the payment process nationally.  Further updates will be posted on this page.

GP Pensions

PCSE is responsible for managing the following GP pension processes

  • Receive estimates of profit for principal partners, salaried GPs and non-clinical partners to determine their contributions and tier rate
  • Receive GP year end actual profit certificates and processing on NHAIS plus Type 2 self-assessment forms for salaried GPs
  • Record solo and locum forms on NHAIS
  • Administer pension tiers based on estimates of profit
  • Make deductions from remuneration (including additional contracts and added years, which are to be paid over to NHS Pensions on a monthly basis along with payments received relating to solo or locum work, with adjustments made relating to year-end profit certificates)
  • Process refunds or additional payment requests as appropriate via NHAIS monthly
  • Update members’ records on NHAIS and via NHS Pensions Online or manually for joiners, updates, leavers and retirements
  • Obtain pension estimates and confirm membership as required
  • Process retirement applications
  • Liaise with widows / widowers of practitioners when death benefits applications need to be completed, when certificates are to be seen and when general information needs to be given
  • Administer additional pension applications for practitioners
  • Receive and process cheques, send to NHS SBS for banking and send remittances out
  • Receive and process form A and B from Locums
  • Receive and process GP Solo form from GP’s
  • Recover employee pension contributions from the GP registrar payment (in specific areas)

FAQs

For a full list of FAQs, visit our help page.

How do we advise on maternity leave adjustments to practice pension contributions?

How do we advise on maternity leave adjustments to practice pension contributions?

Practices should confirm maternity leave dates for GPs working in their practice as soon as possible. Please email PCSE at pcse.enquiries@nhs.net and put ‘Maternity Leave’ in the subject line. In the body of the email, please confirm the start and end date of the maternity leave, and the rate that pension contributions should be deducted during this period. PCSE can then arrange the necessary adjustments to the pension contributions from your practice in good time.

How can I make pension contributions via post or BACS payment?

How can I make pension contributions via post or BACS payment?

Please see information provided on the GP Locums and pension contributions page.

Is there a change to the way practices claim for childhood immunisation?

Is there a change to the way practices claim for childhood immunisation?

Yes. NHS England has confirmed that in line with existing SFE guidance PCSE should not be processing manual childhood Immunisation. Practices must submit details of all vaccinations via Open Exeter (NHAIS) on a quarterly basis. PCSE are then required to use NHAIS to calculate the payment. It is important that vaccination lists are submitted before the cut-off date (i.e. the second month of the quarter in which the payment is due) or PCSE will be unable to calculate the payment. For further information and details on how to submit vaccination lists via Open Exeter, please see the childhood immunisations guide.

NHS England has advised that any practice who misses the submission date should contact their Regional Local Team (RLT.) Payment would then be made at the RLTs discretion.

What’s happening currently with GP registrar reimbursements?

What’s happening currently with GP registrar reimbursements?

A new process is in place for gathering the information needed to set up GP registrar reimbursements. Health Education England (HEE) will provide PCSE with the list of all trainees that must be added to the National Performers List, along with a fully completed K4 which HEE will collect from each trainee.

For the February 2017 GP registrar intake, PCSE has arranged for all payments where we have received the required information from the relevant deanery. HEE is working to gather any outstanding information as a priority. If you have any queries, please contact your deanery in the first instance.

Expenses and indemnity costs from Medical Defence Unions (MDU) should be sent directly to PCSE at: PCSE.enquiries@nhs.net.

Is there an updated mileage claim form available for GP registrars?

Is there an updated mileage claim form available for GP registrars?

The mileage calculator issued through deaneries is being updated to reflect 2017 mileage rules and rates and dates. The updated mileage claim form, which should be used for all claims, can be downloaded here. Please note, if you have already submitted claims in 2017 using the 2016 claim form, the amount paid will differ from the claim submitted, as the rates have changed.

Where should we send premises rent, rates and utility reimbursement claims?

Where should we send premises rent, rates and utility reimbursement claims?

All claims for premises rent, rates, utility reimbursements and GP Retainers should now be sent directly to your Regional Local Team or CCG (if delegated) who will authorise the claim, and then instruct PCSE to make the payment via a payment schedule.

What should we do with childhood immunisation claims?

What should we do with childhood immunisation claims?

NHS England has confirmed that in line with existing SFE guidance, PCSE should not be processing manual childhood immunisation. Practices must submit details of all vaccinations via Open Exeter (NHAIS) on a quarterly basis. PCSE are then required to use NHAIS to calculate the payment.  It is important that vaccination lists are submitted before the cut-off date (i.e. the last day of the second month of the quarter in which the payment is due) or

PCSE will be unable to calculate the payment. For further information and details on how to submit vaccination lists via Open Exeter, please see the childhood immunisations guide.

NHS England has advised that any practice who misses the submission date should contact their Regional Local Team (RLT.) Payment would then be made at the RLTs discretion.