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New template lease for practices in NHS buildings

The BMA has released a new template lease for practices based in NHS Property Services (NHSPS) buildings.

The lease has been designed with the input of the GPC, NHS England and NHSPS.

The aim of the template lease is to encourage practices to ‘enter informed discussions’ with local managers with a view to agreeing the terms of their lease, the BMA says.

Practices that sign up to the lease between now and November 2017 will have costs incurred during the sign-up process, such as stamp duty and reasonable legal costs, paid for by NHS England.

Benefits of the lease

The BMA says that other benefits of the new lease include:

  • A clause allowing practices who lose their core contract to break their lease, known as a ‘last man standing' clause.
  • A requirement entitling practices that see their rents revised to equivalent reimbursement.
  • The removal of a previous clause that allowed NHSPS to relocate a practice.
  • Increased transparency for service charges in newly revised guidance.
  • Agreed dispute resolution procedures for all GP practices signing up to the new template.
  • A clause that allowed NHSPS to parachute people and NHS entities into a premises has also been removed.

Visit the BMA website for more information and to download the template lease

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