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General practice at scale is a pipedream without coherent premises plans
11 August 2017
"The services that emerge in response to calls for transformation will need to be delivered in modern, well-designed premises that are convenient, safe and fit for purpose – a far cry from the current stock of GP premises” (From Premises, Premises, PCC, 2015)
As GP organisations increasingly come together to deliver services at scale, a common sticking point is the availability of suitable premises.
Commissioners of GP led services, GP provider organisations and broader integrated service providers need to make the transition from the current estate and ownership models towards a system of estate management and provision that is fit for the future.
Commissioners need to understand the funding flows to providers for their premises infrastructure whether this is though tariff or, in the case of GP premises, rent reimbursement. They need to consider the whole cost of their development strategies to the NHS not just the impact of piecemeal plans on traditional budgetary silos. They will also need to factor in services they do not commission but may still have implications for premises planning, including some of the primary care services commissioned by local authorities.
This is a complex area and there are no easy answers, but PCC can provide expert advice to support strategic planning and operational management. Working with PCC's experts will remove some of the unknowns and save you valuable time on your journey to a viable future estate.
We can provide one to one advice, attend local meetings or provide local workshops as required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Premises” for more information.
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