Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) is a contracting route available to enable PCOs to commission or provide primary medical services within their area to the extent that they consider it necessary to meet all reasonable requirements. The other routes are General Medical Services (GMS) and Personal Medical Services (PMS).
APMS contracts are provided under Directions of the Secretary of State for Health and provide the opportunity for locally negotiated contracts. They allow PCOs to contract with non-NHS bodies, such as voluntary or commercial sector providers, (or with GMS/PMS practices) to supply enhanced and additional primary medical services. PCOs can enter into APMS contracts with any individual or organisation to meet local needs, as long as core NHS values are fully protected and secured.
In common with GMS and PMS, APMS can be used to provide:
Yes. PCOs can contract with GMS and PMS Practices through the APMS route. The Practice would hold a separate APMS contract alongside their GMS / PMS contract though this may no longer be allowed according to the new regulations from April 2013 .