Summary

General Practitioners (GP) working for the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom work within a General Medical Services (GMS) or Personal Medical Services (PMS) contract. Such a GP is referred to as a “contractor”.

GPs are paid for providing a range of essential and additional medical services, and they also have the opportunity to receive extra payments for providing other services which meet a number of quality indicators measuring outcomes or benefits to patients.

GPs are rewarded for the quality of care they deliver. Details of these standards or indicators can be found in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) of the contract.

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