The number of practice mergers has increased significantly in recent years, as practices adapt to the challenging environment in which they operate. There is no doubt many GPs now believe there is strength in numbers and that working in larger organisations is a way to future-proof their business and deliver an improved service to patients.
The current GP recruitment crisis, coupled with ongoing change in the NHS, means that many more practices will be considering whether merging is the right option for them. However, the merger process is far from straightforward.
Medeconomics’ has produced a new Guide to Practice Mergers, which provides expert advice to support practices through a merger. The guide covers everything from what to think about before you embark on a merger, the complex legal and financial issues that you need to address and guidance on how to ease the transition for staff and patients.
Meanwhile, case studies from two very different practices highlight the benefits that mergers can deliver for practices and patients.
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Elsewhere on the site, you can find some useful tips to help ensure your federation is a financial success and practical guidance on how cash-flow forecasting can help you manage your practice's finances. The CQC's national GP adviser Professor NIgel Sparrow also explains the CQC's requirements on child safeguarding.