Training practice contracting and transitional arrangements as of 2016
GP Synergy has completed its consultative process as part of its due diligence framework. It has identified current contracting and support arrangements across all existing Regional Training Providers (RTPs).
It was noted that GP Synergy will honour existing practice agreements and commitments of outgoing RTPs subject to due diligence to ensure that these commitments are reflective of 2015 arrangements and there are no “left of field” commitments that could not be reasonably accommodated. The process of novating existing contracts was also considered, however after legal advice this process was considered logistically infeasible and onerous on all Parties to the contract given the requirement for multilateral signing of a deed of novation and contract.
Instead, GP Synergy will issue a “letter of undertaking” to honour existing placements and will pay the agreed rates of practice subsidy and teaching allowances for GPT1 and GPT2. This undertaking will commence as of 1 January 2016 and for the duration of the contract between the existing RTP and the Training Practice. Training placements that have already been arranged for terms commencing 2016 will also be honoured, however these will need to be annexed under GP Synergy’s own contractual arrangements.
It is noted that although exiting RTPs supported a range of “optional training activities” on a claim for work type basis, these optional activities will not be carried forward in the new training environment. Nor is GP Synergy imposing any obligation on the Training Practice to carry out those activities.
Any claims for services provided prior up to and including 31 December 2015, remain a matter between the existing/outgoing training provider and the Training Practice. GP Synergy cannot accept claims for services rendered prior to 1 January 2016. The existing training provider however, may issue advice to the Training Practice that they will be rescinding their contract as of 1 January 2016, as GP Synergy will be picking up these liabilities and payments as noted above.
For supervisors and practices with a GP registrar in the 2015.2 (continuing as of 1 January 2016) and/or 2016.1 (commencing February 2016) training term/s, you will receive login details for GPRime and the respective training practice contracts by email in the coming weeks.
We request that you review and execute these contracts upon receipt of the email.
For Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, arrangements such as salary supports and other optional services are separate to this contract and still under negotiation with the Department of Health. You will still need to execute these contracts if you have a requisite placement.
In preparation, please review the proforma copy of the contract, letter of undertaking and related processes such as GP Synergy’s Codes, Principles and Recommendations below: