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Don’t put your premises funding at risk

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2017 12:22:59 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Property

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Premises funding is a complex area for any GP practice to navigate.

There will be times when you need to obtain prior consent from NHS England (NHSE) in order to secure funding, and other times when you are simply required to inform them of changes.

Failure to seek consent when it is needed or to notify certain changes can put future premises funding at risk, or even result in NHSE looking to recover any overpayments.

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Planning to retire? Don’t forget about your lease liabilities

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 25, 2016 11:28:35 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Practice Management, Property

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 If you’re a partner in a GP practice and have decided to retire, then there are many issues that both you and the remaining partners need to consider. Making a smooth exit is likely to be top of your agenda and one important area that can often be overlooked is dealing with lease obligations.

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Are you overpaying your landlord?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2016 3:55:41 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Property

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The issue of NHS premises funding is a complex area which is often misunderstood by GP practices. This confusion sometimes results in practices inadvertently overpaying their landlord.

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GP practice funding: What you need to know about the District Valuer

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 7, 2016 4:04:52 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Practice Management, Property

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Most GP practices will come into contact with the District Valuer Service (DVS) at one time or another. The DVS plays a key role in issues surrounding GP premises funding and has the potential to significantly impact on a surgery’s finances. 

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The Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 – what every practice in a leasehold surgery needs to know

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2016 11:06:07 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Property

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If you lease your surgery premises then the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 (“L&TA”) is something that could affect you.

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GP surgery lease – managing your repair and reinstatement obligations

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 12, 2016 1:51:54 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Practice Management, Property

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When you’re negotiating a lease for your GP practice it is important to ensure that you are aware of all the potential costs you may incur throughout your tenure - especially when you could be faced with bills running into many thousands of pounds.

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The NHS Property Services Standard Lease: Our Thoughts

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2016 5:27:37 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Property

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If you’re a GP in an NHS Property Services Company (NHSPS) owned building, then this blog is relevant to you. You may recall that we referred to an imminent NHS Property Services ‘standard lease template’ in our recent blog post on surgery lease negotiation. That lease template has now been published.

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Beware the ‘Last Man Standing’ Issue in GP Practices

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 2, 2016 9:50:55 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership, Property

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The ‘last man standing’ issue refers to the concern that one or more partner(s) will be unable to retire from a GP practice when they want to, because they are unable to divest themselves of the various liabilities and obligations of the practice.

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How to Successfully Negotiate a NHS Property Services or CHP Surgery Lease

[fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2016 6:00:53 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Property

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Following the March 2013 abolition of primary care trusts, the government-owned companies NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and Community Health Partnerships (CHP) took over the NHS real estate in England, including about a quarter of all primary care surgeries.

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