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- There are three types of core contract. The General Medical Service (GMS) contract, held by 55 per cent of practices, is nationally agreed and stipulates essential services; the Personal Medical Services (PMS) contract, held by 40 per cent of practices, is locally negotiated and while stipulating essential services allows greater flexibility than GMS to respond to variation between areas; and the Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contract, held by 2.2 per cent of practices, is negotiated locally and is more flexible than GMS as it doesn’t stipulate essential services, allowing commissioners to tailor services to local need.
- These include Enhanced Services contracts, Quality and Outcomes Framework, and tendering for further local services commissioned by the CCG.