About Neil

Neil has been a Chartered Surveyor at local, regional and national levels for the past forty years. The health care sector is now a substantial part of his advisory work. Outside the office (when he can manage to escape), he can be found on the golf course or following Leicester City FC's rollercoaster ride each season!

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Viewpoint: It’s all about the people

This article was originally published in the Spring 2015 issue of our Healthcare newsletter. As I prepare this article we are bang in the middle of the pre-election silly season, with a whole host of politically motivated manifesto promises from all the main parties. Many relate to the funding of the NHS and provision of […]

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Garden cities

My professional career goes back longer than I care to admit – my first job on gaining my surveying diploma was at Milton Keynes Development Corporation during the early 70’s. It was a very exciting time and I clearly remember being involved in land acquisition by compulsory purchase powers, which subsequently became sites for the […]

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Pharmacy income: leave no stone unturned

When planning a pharmacy, patient numbers are the key, not necessarily the size of the space available. Pressures continue to build to identify new sources of practice income. No stone is left unturned: one off health checks, adding new service areas or renting out under-utilised rooms are all possible routes to maximising cash flow. Rental income […]

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Show us the money: funding pressures continue to stall new surgery projects

The coalition continues to emphasise its ongoing support for the “the big 3” – NHS, Education and the Overseas Development Fund – and yet the Chancellor’s mantra is a round of further expenditure cuts are required to control the growth in state debt. Something for sure has to give in this equation but where? Nobody working in […]

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The Power of Marketing and the Web

Having reviewed our fee income for 2012, I’m now convinced that targeted marketing linked to a professional web site really does pay dividends. 35% of our work last year was from new clients and we are thrilled to see our on-going efforts to develop new contacts, both at GP level and with fellow professionals, having […]

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Future proofing your practice 3

Make your premises work harder When you’re thinking about the future of your practice, another way to make your premises work even harder for you, is to consider whether you could add additional complementary services such as a pharmacy, optician or dentists within your surgery. This benefits not only patients who are increasingly expecting these […]

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Future proofing your practice 2

Think in advance about your premises Are your premises coping with the demands you and your team are placing on them? If you look ahead 5 years, is the answer the same? And in 10 years? Can you cope with anticipated growth in patient numbers? Population expansion can affect all practices, both urban and rural. […]

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Future proofing your practice 1

In these difficult economic times, costs are outstripping any increase in core practice income; indeed data from the Heath and Social Care Information Centre shows that whilst GP income is falling, expenses are rising 3.5%. And yet, PCTs and the NHS demand more on the same income, patients increasingly expect more and pressure on premises […]

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Hinchingbrooke: progress with Circle?

I woke as usual this morning to Evan Davis on Radio 4 who was running the story regarding the Hinchingbrooke Hospital contract with Circle which is 6 months into a 10 year term.  Circle is aiming for over £300 million of savings which is almost unbelievable when you consider that the hospital trust had run […]

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Times they are a-changing

Sat in a recent client Partners Meeting, we touched on a very interesting subject which is currently preoccupying many of the practices we deal with. This particular client is a large practice with an increasing patient list and a desire to offer a wider range of services. As the various options to cope with the […]

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