With GP practices based on sites ranging from terraced houses to shiny, purpose-built health centres the role of premises management for local commissioners can be a tricky one.
At recent workshops PCC primary care adviser Mike Simpson and NHS England colleagues tackled some of the thorniest issues around the funding and use of primary care premises. They also touched on the likely impact of an imminent revamp of premises cost directions (PCDs) – the rules that govern reimbursements to practices for their premises costs.
Sorting out GP premises is among the least headline-grabbing but most important of issues. Without safe, modern premises able to meet rising demand and the needs of a changing general practice workforce, transformation could grind to a halt.
"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.
As GP organisations increasingly come together to deliver services at scale, a common sticking point is the availability of premises suitable to underpin service delivery. Commissioners of GP led services, GP provider organisations and broader integrated service providers need to navigate the transition from the current estate and ownership models towards a system of estate management and provision that is fit for the future. This is a complex area and there are no easy answers, but PCC has significant knowledge in this area and can provide expert advice to support strategic planning and operational management. Working with PCC's experts can 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.