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Jan 16,2019
There is a tendency when new plans come out of the NHS for people to say they have seen it all before. Would this be a wise response to the Long Term Plan? Pleasingly, there is an acknowledgement of the many issues in primary care and a commitment that investment in primary medical and community services will grow faster than the overall NHS budget. Spend should be at least £4.5bn higher in 2024, but the extra money will come with strings attached. If applied consistently, this will mean...
Dec 13,2018
There are currently only four types of business vehicle permitted to hold GMS contracts. These are: Individual GPs (who have unlimited liability) Unlimited liability partnerships including at least one GP (the most common structure) Limited partnerships including at least one GP Companies limited by shares including at least one GP shareholder There are statutory mechanisms enabling a GMS contract to be transferred between types 1, 2 and 3, but no statutory mechanism enabling a transfer to or...
Mar 21,2017
As GP federations have become more established, we are receiving an increasing number of enquiries about the role of the federation’s officers. Most GP federations are organised as limited companies, with shares owned by the member practices. The role of the federation is generally to secure and manage healthcare contracts for their area, which will typically be delivered by some or all of the member practices. Like any other limited company, a federation and its activity will be overseen by a...
Feb 10,2017
There are now a substantial number of GP Federations and it is a model of working that is widely supported by CCGs. GP Federations are normally the coming together of a group of general practices to create a single entity that has responsibility for delivering high quality, patient-focused non list based services for the wider community. In the first of our blogs on this topic, we looked at the key issues you need to consider when establishing a GP Federation - How to set up a successful GP...
Dec 14,2016
GP federations are a way for practices to work together, with shared responsibility for delivering high quality and patient-centric services to the local community. Their popularity is on the rise and with most CCGs supporting the concept, many practices are being encouraged to consider going down this route. But before doing so, there are some key issues that need to be addressed. The most important of which, is why do it? To be successful, you firstly need to understand what the purpose of...
Aug 02,2016
In our recent blog, Where will future practice income come from?, we explained how additional income is unlikely to come from your core GMS/PMS contract. As a result, many GPs are looking to supplement their income from other sources; from their CCG, from the local authority or in other ways. It looks like the majority of new public money available to primary care will be funnelled through practices working together; the NHS Five Year Forward View, Vanguard monies and the much promised – but...

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