Planning Partnership Changes: A Guide for GPs

Planning Partnership Changes: A new free guide for GP Partnerships

Our new free guide ‘Planning Partnership Changes: A Guide for GP Partnerships’ has been launched today. The guide, which is free to download from our website, provides a clear overview of all the main issues involved in changing the partnership structure and gives straightforward guidance on how to ensure a smooth, trouble free transition. The guide […]

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Graham Jamieson, Managing Partner at St Luke's Medical Centre

A Practice Manager’s viewpoint: new build medical centre project

We’re pleased to welcome Graham Jamieson to the blog, to find out more about his role in developing the new St Luke’s Medical Centre in Duston, Northampton. Graham is Managing Partner for Dr Astbury and Partners at St Luke’s Medical Centre. Having worked in banking for much of his career, in 2003 Graham joined the […]

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How large is my building – GEA, GIA and NIA?

Surely measuring a medical/commercial property is straightforward? So why can two surveyors come up with two different measurements? The answer is that the area of the premises will vary depending on the purpose. For instance, if you needed a valuation of your premises or wanted to appeal your notional rent, the valuation surveyor will use […]

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NHS Property Services: Health Centre Lease issues

With the changes to the NHS and with PCTs ceasing to exist, we are about to see a major shake up of NHS property across the country. From 1st April 2013, the majority of property owned by PCTs will be transferred to a new management company NHS Property Services. NHS PS has been set up purely for this […]

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CQC: further guidance on premises

Having visited a number of practices over the last month or so, it is clear that all of them have been making efforts to get ready for their anticipated inspection by the Care Quality Commission, or CQC as it is more commonly known. What has been interesting has been the differing approaches taken by each […]

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Lease or Licence?

Practices allowing associated health professionals to use space within their premises must be careful not to unwittingly grant a lease as opposed to a licence to occupy space. When it comes to commercial law there is no subject quite as abstruse as how a lease and a licence differ. It is essential to distinguish whether […]

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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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