Ben’s special guest this week is Dr Nikki Kanani, one of the chief architects of the new GP contract. Nikki is a GP in south-east London and is currently Director of Primary Care for NHS England. This is the first of two discussions with Nikki and in this part, she explains the role of primary care networks in general practice and looks in detail at the funding behind the new contract. She explains how the money will be delivered and what it will be made available for including 20,000 new staff, support for clinical leadership and investment in innovation. The second part of the discussion will be published next week.