I understand all suppliers to Health Education West Midlands including GP training practices will have received a letter from the Director of Finance stating that all payments will require an invoice after April 2014.This is correct but no action needs to be taken at this point by practices. It will primarily affects practices with foundation doctors only as GP registrars and related GP training grants will continue to be paid via the area teams. For foundation practices we will be circulating instructions on how to make a claim and invoicing arrangements early in the new financial year.
We are also liaising closely with NHS England over their reorganisation of Primary Care Services to ensure continuation of business for GP training practice payments.As you will be aware the Local Area Teams administering payments to practices are being reorganised to one of 3 options (1) 3 area offices (2) One area office (3) a new national supplier for NHS England back office functions. Nothing has been decided but we understand reorganisation will take place during the 2014-15 year.
Dr Martin Wilkinson
Director of General Practice Postgraduate Education
Health Education West Midlands
Hon. Senior Lecturer
University of Birmingham
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