GP premises development: The good, the bad and the ugly. Part 2: the bad
This series of three practical workshops will delve into The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of GP premises development with concrete advice on how to ensure your Leasehold GP premises are fit for the future.
GP leaders have warned that solving the GP premises crisis is critical to the success of the new Primary Care Networks (PCNs). PCNs in turn will play a major role in delivering the vision for fully integrated, multi-disciplinary care, outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. However, inadequate premises pose a major obstacle to progress.
The GP Premises Review, published in June, proposes solutions to some of the big challenges around GP premises, including ownership and financial risk, rent reviews and the risk of crippling service charges. Over the course of three sessions, our expert speakers will evaluate some of these solutions and offer case-based advice to support GP practices and PCNs to successfully transform their Leasehold premises, despite substantial hurdles. There will be plenty of tips on the factors that can make or break your surgery improvement plans and how you can maximise your chances of success. Take this opportunity to question GP premises experts who are busy right now working on innovative primary care premises projects that support the ambitious new direction of travel for general practice.
- The new premises projects highlighted in session 1 are often the exception and many others are being held up by lack of funding, an unrealistic attitude to rental levels, lack of the new Premises Cost Directions and a total lack of GP confidence linked to their CCG’s refusal to take any responsibility. To top matters off, with STPs and ICSs now sitting over CCGs and taking over estate planning and funding, we are likely to be heading for another few years of confusion and misunderstanding.
- John Hearle, a medical premises consultant and joint-chair of the Primary Care Premises Forum, will look at some of the problems highlighted in the GP Premises Review as well as the proposed solutions.
- Speaker: John Hearle, a medical premises consultant and joint-chair of the Primary Care Premises Forum