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Topic: *** AskTheExpert: Property

June 21, 2017
Should you own and develop your own building, or find a reliable private sector partner to develop premises that you can lease? Monica Macheng
and Michael Hiscock from law firm Wright Hassall explore the options.

Should you own and develop your own building, or find a reliable private sector partner to develop premises that you can lease? Monica Macheng and Michael Hiscock from law firm Wright Hassall explore the options

Reading the NHS sustainability and transformation plan for Coventry and Warwickshire published recently, I was impressed by the bold opening statement of the vision for the local health and care economy: ‘To work together to deliver high-quality care, which supports our communities to live well, stay independent and enjoy life.’

May 17, 2017
A place of health and wellbeing, your GP Surgery needs to be a safe haven and one important factor of that is reducing the fire risk and preparing for the worst.

A place of health and wellbeing, your GP Surgery needs to be a safe haven and one important factor of that is reducing the fire risk and preparing for the worst.

Generally, NHS Property Services are your landlord, which means it is their responsibility to do the hard work. They should be carrying out risk assessments of the property and providing suitable fire detection, prevention, protection, and signage.

It is also their job to supply and maintain fire safety equipment, including fire extinguishers and fire blankets.

May 16, 2017

NHS England’s blueprint for service transformation, Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, has a number of implications for primary care, including the creation of GP practice ‘hubs’ covering patient list sizes of 30,000 – 50,000 patients. Andrew Broadbent, a solicitor in the hlw Keeble Hawson litigation and dispute resolution team, looks at the potential impact of the new arrangements on practice partnership agreements and supplier contracts

May 8, 2017
A group of sixteen practices in the southeast have banded together to form a federation to ease pressure on their resources.

A group of sixteen practices in the southeast have banded together to form a federation to ease pressure on their resources.

The GP federation for Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead (F-WAM), will see a group of surgeries from across the borough to share their expertise.

The federation was officially formed on 26 April after a year’s worth of preparation. The group will now have 140,000 registered patients on their list.

May 5, 2017
The Dispensing Doctor Association (DDA) has launched its 2017 general election manifesto, asking for all parties to protect rural dispensing practices.

The Dispensing Doctor Association (DDA) has launched its 2017 general election manifesto, asking for all parties to protect rural dispensing practices.

The association is calling on election candidates in each of the devolved nations to:

April 28, 2017
A North-east London practice has complained that their level of patient care is being adversely affected by an out-of-bounds clinical room.

A North-east London practice has complained that their level of patient care is being adversely affected by an out-of-bounds clinical room.

Driver & Partners practice in Forest Gate, is seeing up to 100 fewer patients a day due to the clinical room being out of service for months, according to practice staff.

The surgery has 7,000 patients on its list and can see up to 250 individuals in one day depending on how many rooms are available.

April 28, 2017
The new deal for general practice has surpassed expectations, but will it be enough to make a tangible improvement to practice finances? Alice Harrold examines the 2017/18 GP contract to find out what practices can expect in the coming year.

The new deal for general practice has surpassed expectations, but will it be enough to make a tangible improvement to practice finances? Alice Harrold examines the 2017/18 GP contract to find out what practices can expect in the coming year

The GP contract for 2017/18 gives the first indications that the Government is waking up to the need to stabilise primary care. The consequences for the NHS of an underfunded general practice are finally getting recognition.

April 7, 2017
Two of the largest practices in Plymouth have unveiled plans to merge later this year serving 60,000 patients across the region.

Two of the largest practices in Plymouth have unveiled plans to merge later this year, serving 60,000 patients across the region.

Beacon Medical Group and Ocean Health have partnered up and believe it marks a 'bright future for primary care' in and around Plymouth.

The GP partners will serve patients within the communities of Plympton, Chaddlewood, St Budeaux, Mannamead, Efford and Ivybridge.

April 7, 2017
The largest practice in the UK has backed NHS plans to extend its opening hours.

The largest practice in the UK has backed NHS plans to extend its opening hours.

The Leicester practice in Melton, called Latham House Medical Practice, has said it is ‘supportive’ of new NHS plans to increase access to GP surgeries, which could include an extension of opening hours into the evenings and at weekends.

April 3, 2017
The management of five GP practices in Sefton, Merseyside will be taken over by an urgent and community care provider today.

The management of five GP practices in Sefton, Merseyside will be taken over by an urgent and community care provider today (3 April).

UC24 is taking on the practices as part of its growing provision primary and urgent care services across Merseyside and the North West.

The new venture is UC24’s first contract to manage GP practices, and will mean further expansion of the organisation’s Wavertree-based workforce.

March 24, 2017
A shiny new GP surgery reopened after a state-of-the-art makeover. Dr Surinder Chaggar explains how he got the NHS to fund it.

A shiny new GP surgery reopened after a state-of-the-art makeover. Dr Surinder Chaggar explains how he got the NHS to fund it

Practice profile:
Forum Health Centre, Coventry
16,500 list size
6 partners
3 salaried GPs
3 registrars

We applied for the money through the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund (PCIF)

February 15, 2017
Management in Practice spoke to practice manager Sue Wilkins ahead of the merger of her two Poole practices with a combined list size of over 20,000.

Management in Practice spoke to practice manager Sue Wilkins ahead of the merger of her two Poole practices with a combined list size of over 20,000.

Parkstone Health Centre and Madeira Practice are expected to become one practice on 1 April this year once the Madeira premises and merger site is refurbished.

Q. How has the state of primary care effected this decision?

March 16, 2012

November 30, 2011

Question in full:

We have been approached by a local pharmacist seeking to relocate to our practice who has offered to contribute to a proportion of the costs of construction but has not offered to pay any rent or services contribution other than utility bills. Is this a good idea for the practice to pursue?

Answer:

November 8, 2011

Question in full:

We wish to extend our medical centre but have three listed trees behind our existing building. Is there anything we can do to enable us to be able to develop on the affected land?

Answer in full:

September 8, 2011

Q: What is the best option for partners: to own their own premises or to lease the premises?

A: An interesting question and one to which the answer will vary depending upon the needs and aspirations of the partners, both at the present time and taking a longer-term view. Historically, in this country there has been a tendency to want to own property but the recent recession and difficulties in securing debt finance had led many to consider leasing property, generally from specialist investor/developers.

August 15, 2011

Q: What is the difference between notional and cost rent, and how are these set?

A: The rules and procedures relating to the reimbursement of rent for medical premises are contained within the General Medical Services (GMS) Premises Costs Directions 2004, known more simply as 'The Directions'.(1)

March 10, 2011

It has been estimated that approximately two-thirds of all doctors' surgeries in some way fall short of the NHS guidelines and up to 40% of current GP stock would benefit from replacement in the next five years. While physical shortfalls cover a multitude of issues, such as room sizes and facilities, compliance with DDA legislation is becoming increasingly relevant.

March 1, 2011

The Health and Social Care Bill was launched in late January 2011 and follows on from the July 2009 white paper. The key aim is to pass a reported £80bn of NHS budget over to GP consortia by 2013, with a number of pathfinders running in shadow, essentially acting as trailblazers to find the glitches. This will coincide with the abolition of the PCTs and strategic health authorities (SHAs) by 2013; a target has also been set for all NHS trusts to become foundation trusts by 2014.