Practices will be able to access grants for 100% of the cost of improving or updating their building under long-awaited changes to the premises cost directions, which have been announced as part of the GP contract deal for 2018/19.
NHS England plans to take on the premises liabilities of practices in some leased surgeries and has also recommended that GP ownership of surgery buildings should be separated from other partnership arrangements.
NHS England has suggested that 2019/20 could see the biggest change to the GP contract since 2004. Medeconomics looks at what this might mean.
Healthcare lawyer Bryn Morgan explains how sensible planning can help practices manage the building maintenance requirements within their lease.
Practices that rent their premises should ensure they are actually liable for any service charges before they pay, says Charles Mallinson.
Healthcare lawyer Lynne Abbess provides advice for retiring partners and practices on issues relating to retirement, including the practice premises.
What should your practice expect if it is considering a 'sale and leaseback' of the practice premises? Paul Conlan explains the process, plus a case study shows how this worked for one surgery.
Is your practice premises an untapped source of revenue? Paul Conlan offers some advice on how your building could help you boost income.
Many practices may not be aware that they require a lease. Paul Conlan explains when leases are needed and the importance of detailing them in partnership agreements.
The BMA has released a new template lease for practices based in NHS Property Services (NHSPS) buildings.
Architect Neil Niblett has ten top tips for making any building project run smoothly.
Architect Neil Niblett advises on how practices can improve their premises if they do not have the funds to undertake major building work
John Hearle looks at the options for tenant GPs if their building does not meet current standards.
Lawyer James Atkins explains how changes to the Premises Costs Directions could help GP practices who want to re-mortgage their properties - or change their mortgage to move to new premises.
Angela Hardman provides some advice for practices who are leasing their premises.
Partnership agreements and employee contracts must be addressed when relocating to new premises, writes Jean Walker
When a partner announces their intention to leave, they must discuss with colleagues how they will deal with the property, writes Jenny Stone.
How can practices make sure their premises is performing well financially? Andrew Hues explains.