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Feb 19,2019
Some factors which affect your ability to attract new partners and are outside of your control, such as locality; housing; access to good schools; public transport etc, but there are many things you can control. Prospective new partners will always undertake some form of assessment of your practice, and you can take steps to help ensure your partnership stands out from the crowd. Transparency Prospective partners will want to be sure that they’re joining a well managed and financially viable...
Oct 24,2018
Have you checked whether your practice has an NHS Pensions liability for “final pay control”? Final pay control can involve very large sums payable to NHS Pensions by a practice. We are aware of liabilities in excess of £100,000 arising as employees and partners retire. What is final pay control? Final pay control was introduced by NHS Pensions to discourage practices from paying inflated earnings in order to secure their staff a higher pension. It is applicable to all Officer and Practice...
Aug 30,2018
What can GP Partnerships learn from other professional practices? Although we are very supportive of the GP partnership model, we believe that it needs to evolve to meet changing demands. The ongoing GP Partnership Review has issued a call for evidence and we are delighted to respond in this blog with further thoughts on some of the ‘Key Lines of Enquiry’. We would encourage our readers to also respond to this important review. We explained in our previous blog why we believe partnerships...
Jul 26,2018
You will need to claim capital allowances if you are to enjoy the benefit of them. It is our experience that not all GP practices promptly claim their full value. This can be a deliberate policy or simply an oversight. Left unclaimed, most capital allowances simply carry forward into subsequent years. Some of the largest (and most commonly unclaimed) capital allowances are associated with premises improvements. In the event a property owning partner is bought out, the unclaimed capital...
Jul 12,2018
There is currently much discussion about whether the partnership model for General Practice is still fit for purpose. It is clear that the model is under severe strain, and the Secretary of State has commissioned a review into how it might need to evolve. In this blog we draw on our experience of working with over 1,000 practices to offer our thoughts on the future of the partnership model. Background & context In common with other professionals like lawyers and accountants, GPs have...
Jun 11,2018
A partner is a business owner and employer, which by definition means they are not an employee. As a consequence, partners do not benefit from all the various employment protections afforded to employees. Despite this, we are often asked about partner entitlements, particularly regarding maternity and childcare. What is the legal position? Partners do not benefit from statutory maternity and childcare entitlements, although they are protected from being discriminated against by reason of their...
Jan 29,2018
Regular readers will understand the importance of keeping your partnership deed up to date. This is particularly true when new partners join, as this can easily supersede and invalidate the former partnership arrangements. A recent High Court case has demonstrated some of the risks. The case of Cheema vs Jones In this case, two GPs – who we’ll refer to here as A and B - entered into a partnership to provide medical services under a GMS contract. The terms of this agreement were set out in a...
Nov 28,2017
The Secretary of State recently announced some planned changes to the medical indemnity scheme. The plans are still in the early stages and not expected to be implemented for at least 12 to 18 months, but it seems clear that the state will be playing a larger role in medical defence insurance in future, which should hopefully assist in controlling the spiralling costs. In response, the MDU announced that it will move from an occurrence based policy to a claims-made policy. Their rationale for...
Nov 21,2017
As Primary Care changes, we are frequently asked about different business vehicles and in particular whether a GP practice can have limited liability. Choosing the right type of business vehicle for your GP practice is not always straightforward, and managing risk is likely to factor highly in the decision making process.In this article we look at the issue in more detail, explaining the different business vehicles and their potential implications. Unlimited liability partnership Most GP...
Nov 03,2017
The question of whether a GP partner can work outside of his or her practice, and under what constraints, is a common one. A survey by Pulse reveals GP partners have seen their pay drop by an average of 4%, so topping up earnings with private work can be an appealing option. Typical scenarios include: A part time partner who wishes to work elsewhere in their remaining sessions A full time partner who wishes to work elsewhere during their annual leave If you have a Partnership Deed For...

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