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Topic: Premises

July 13, 2018

GP practices owe £202m in unpaid premises fees to government-owned NHS Property Services (NHS PS) and Community Health Partnerships (CHP), a health minister has revealed.
 
This latest figure, up to the end of 2017/18, represents a £79m increase compared with the previous year, when practices owed £123m to the two companies, as revealed by our sister publication Pulse.
 
In response GP leaders have said the charges are 'a significant threat to general practice' and must be 'abandoned'.
 

July 9, 2018

A Scottish GP surgery is considering closing one of it surgeries after it was unable to attract new GPs.
 
On a statement on their website, the Mill Practice in Dundee wrote that despite ‘actively trying to recruit replacement GPs since October 2017’ they have not been successful.
 

July 6, 2018

Practice manager Kate Carr tells Valeria Fiore that keeping The Crookes Practice in Sheffield thriving takes determination, grit and a desire to make a difference
 
Q What do you love about your job?
 
A That I can make a difference. I’m also a partner at The Crookes Practice and involved in much of the decision-making.
 
Sometimes in primary care I feel the decision-making is quite drawn out, but here we tend to make decisions on the spot.
 

July 4, 2018

NHS England has launched a consultation that 'could herald the most substantial changes to the GP contract since 2004', according to board papers.
 

June 26, 2018

A few years ago, merging was a daring move for practices. But more surgeries are now finding that it’s the way to remain sustainable, reports Valeria Fiore
 

May 2, 2018

Growing financial pressures mean almost half of GP practices are considering a merge or restructure in the next five years, a survey has found.
 
The majority (85%) of the 145 GPs who responded to the Lloyds Bank commercial banking healthcare confidence index survey published today (2 May), said they expect financial pressures to mount over the next five years.
 
In response to these pressures, 48% of them are considering merging or changing their practice’s structure.
 

April 13, 2018

A GP practice could close after failing to find new premises, as the current ones are not suitable for the provision of care.
 
Patients have been sent a letter today (13 April) in which the practice partners ask for their views on the closure of one of The Limes Medical Centre branches, Garlinge Branch Surgery in Margate, Kent.
 
The main surgery in Trinity Square, Margate will stay open and patients will not need to re-register with another practice.
 

February 19, 2018

Works for a new purpose-build GP practice that will be delivered by NHS Propery Services (PS) have begun last Friday (16 february), after local residents saw their former practice closed in 2015.

The £2.3m development will rise in Bow Fell, Brownsover after the Brownsover Medical Practice did not see its contract with NHS England renewed back in 2015.

February 8, 2018

Two branches of the same surgery will continue to provide care for their community after a new contract to run the service has been awarded by the local CCG.

Cliff House Medical Practice in Lincoln, Lincolnshire will continue to operate from its two sites in Burton Road and Gresham Street, after business partner Mrs Errum Ansari and partners have been awarded a new contract by NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

It comes as partners successfully won a competitive tender process.

February 2, 2018

A GP practice has closed after failing to secure a new contract with a provider to run the service, the local CCG has said.

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced at a meeting on 30 January that it had not managed to find a new provider for the service and was therefore forced to close the practice.

January 11, 2018

Two GP surgeries will close at the end of February because they are ‘too small’ to stay open, a CCG has decided.

January 4, 2018

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will rate more than 800 additional healthcare organisations in England, including independent doctors that offer digital medical advice and prescriptions.

December 13, 2017
December 11, 2017

Two GPs slept at their practice to avoid being late for their appointments the day after, the practice manager has told Pulse, our sister publication .

After news of a public transport strike, Dr Kathryn Illsley and Dr Tim Sowton, who commute daily to The Seascale Health Centre in Cumbria and were on duty the morning after, decided to sleep at work.

December 8, 2017

Three practices will have a new home in the proposed purpose-build primary care centre in Hailsham, East Sussex, whose plans will be unveiled on 11 December at Hailsham Town Council Offices.

The new three-storey purpose-build facility will not only include the Seaforth Farm Surgery, the Vicarage Field Surgery (both operating under the Hailsham Medical Group) and the Bridgeside Surgery, but also some rooms for consulting and treatment, a pharmacy and a small operating theatre.

November 23, 2017

Two weeks ahead of the Budget, NHS CEO Simon Stevens spoke at an NHS Providersconference in Birmingham to remind politicians of the £350m a week promised to the NHS during the Brexit campaign.

He said that, if there was a cash injection into the NHS, waiting lists will reach five million patients by 2021.

Instead, the Government has decided to give the NHS:

October 23, 2017

Practice managers are facing financial pressures as Primary Care Support England (PCSE) keeps failing to deliver its services.

Derby and Derbyshire Local Medical Committee (LMC) has raised concerns in a letter addressed to Dominic Hardy, the national director of Primary Care.

Cutting costs

The PCSE, also known as Capita, is responsible for delivering NHS England’s primary care support services. Some of its functions include reimbursing GP practices, making GP payments, registering new patients and storing medical records. 

October 17, 2017

Over a quarter of GP practices now deal with more than 10,000 patients across the country.

A new report published by NHS Digital compared the proportion of practices by list size between October 2013 and October 2017.

It revealed that list sizes have been in steady decline over the past four years.

October 16, 2017

‘We’re losing two practices per week,’ NHS England's director of primary care revealed last week.

Speaking at the Royal College General Practitioner (RCGP) annual conference on 13 October, Dr Arvin Madan expressed his concerns on the future of general practice in a question-style event, among other healthcare professionals.

Practices under pressure

October 2, 2017

Eight practices and one out-of-hours emergency service will now treat homeless patients in a new scheme launched across Greater Manchester.

The programme, Homeless-Friendly, was created by Dr Zahid Mehmood, a managing partner at the Royton Medical Centre.

Starting today, 2 October, it aims to tackle inequalities surrounding homeless patients, who often struggle to see a GP.

‘We want to see a cultural shift towards homeless people in the way that everyone from banks to supermarkets has changed their attitude to those with dementia.

September 25, 2017

How can practice managers create a super-practice? Paul Conroy started originally with the invitation to all 38 practices in the area; 15 expressed interest and shared data initially, and 12 have crossed the finish line.

In North East Essex, we had a strong practice-based commissioning group in the days of primary care trusts, and we still retain a close-knit forum of local practice managers.

September 21, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CCQ) found that one in seven GP practices rated inadequate across England failed to improve after re inspection.

The report, called the state of care in general practice, is the first of its kind to set out the findings of all 7,365 GP practices in the country.

The CQC analysed all GP practices from 2014 to 2017 in two phases. The practices rated inadequate or requiring improvement were then re inspected six months later.

September 8, 2017
Seven practices in Bury intend to merge into a single GP Practice, in a bid to 'enhance the future of General Practice, local patients and staff'.

Seven practices in Bury intend to merge into a single GP Practice, in a bid to 'enhance the future of General Practice, local patients and staff'.

The new practice, named Tower Family Healthcare, will be formed over the next 12 months with over 30 GPs. The seven surgeries will all keep their current buildings and patients will still be able to see their usual doctors, nurses or healthcare support workers.

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.’