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NHS Payments to General Practice - England, 2018/19

Official statistics

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NHS Payments to General Practice - England, 2018/19


NHS Payments to General Practice, England 2018/19 provides information on NHS payments to individual providers of general practice services in England. Figures are given for the main payment categories - which include Global Sum, Balance of PMS expenditure, Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) and Local Incentive Schemes.

It is not a record of the amount of money available for direct patient care, nor the total invested in patient care through general practice. Instead, it constitutes the majority of actual monies paid to practices for all activities and costs during the 2018/19 financial year.

£9,261.4 million was paid across 7,279 general practice service providers in 2018/19. Of this, the largest payments were:

£3,688.8 million

for Global Sum

£1,535.8 million

for Balance of PMS Expenditure

£809.6 million

for premises payments

£704.6 million

for the Quality and Outcomes Framework

Nationally the NHS paid on average £154.81 per registered patient

Average payments per patient at CCG, region or national level should be treated with caution as some patients may be double-counted – for example due to practice closure. Conversely no information relating to patient list size is known for 121 practices.

Average payment per patient amounts should not be compared with those presented in previous editions of this publication due to a change in methodology, though revised amounts at England level for 2016/17 and 2017/18 have been calculated and are presented in this document.

Please refer to the Patient List Size in the Data Quality section for more detail.

Last edited: 19 September 2019 8:02 am