We can help your practice merger to go smoothly
6 September 2017
More than 200 GP practices closed on merged in England last year, while just eight new practices opened.
Mergers were once the exception, created as a result of retirements or consolidation of smaller practices often run by single-handed GPs. But mergers are becoming more common as the pressures on general practice increase. Creating a larger practice is now often seen as the only way to survive the inexorable rise in demand coupled with the squeeze on practice finances.
A larger practice unit offers economies of scale, opportunities for more creative approaches to workforce mix and the potential to grow income through expansion of the range of services on offer.
Larger practices may also provide the better environments for career development, aiding recruitment and staff retention and improving the business’s chances of sustainability.
But mergers don’t deliver automatic benefits. A merger requires careful management in a number of areas – financial, legal, premises, staffing, contractual – and someone still needs to take care of the day to day operational issues and ensure no loss of service to patients.
PCC can provide support at each stage to ensure that your merger runs smoothly, from providing advice through to a full end-to-end project management service. We walk you through each of the steps to see your merger through to a successful conclusion, providing access to external legal, financial or other expertise if you need it along the way.
To talk to someone about how we can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “practice mergers” in the subject line.
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