Out of Area Registration
The Patient Choice Scheme will allow GP practices to register new patients who live outside the practice area, without any obligation to provide home visits or out of hours services when the patient is unable to attend their registered practice.
The pilot for the Patient Choice Scheme ran during 2012 and 2013 in designated areas in England. As a result of its findings and the recent changes to the GP contract, the roll-out of the scheme across the whole of England was set as 1 October 2014 but NHS England then postponed it until 5 January 2015.
The Area Team for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire recently held a meeting for local practices to explain the changes. Click on the highlighted link to view the AT’s presentation.
Final guidance has now been issued:
Update: The following guidance on how practices should proceed have now been issued by the BMA.
Although the regulations remain in place, a practice should only register out of area patients after they have sought and obtained assurances from area teams that arrangements for urgent GP services including home visits are in place for individual patients at their place of residence.