Creating the foundation for primary care at scale
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.
Working with CCG and NHS England local teams, PCC primary care adviser Mike Simpson considers some of the thorniest issues around the funding and use of primary care premises. This includes the likely impact of an imminent revamp of premises cost directions (PCDs) – the do’s and don’ts which govern reimbursements to practices for their premises costs. Read more
New rules will help but commissioners and practices need to keep talking about premises
In updating rules that guide the funding of GP premises, NHS England has been stretching the definition of “imminent” for more than two years.
PCC premises and finance adviser Mike Simpson argues that even if the new premises costs directions (PCD) were available, they would not resolve all the issues commissioners and primary care providers face around the funding and use of premises. Read more
PCNs need transformative approach to premises
“Primary care networks are expected to have a transformational effect on primary care services. It’s hard to imagine how they’ll pull that off unless they can also transform their premises and estates. And right now that’s one of the biggest challenges facing PCNs.” So says Mike Simpson, primary care premises and finance adviser with PCC. Read more