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Due Diligence – is it worth the effort?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 13, 2017 5:02:37 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Mergers & Growth

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For any major commercial transaction, you need to know exactly what you’re getting into and ensure (as far as is possible) that there aren’t going to be any nasty surprises further down the line.

In the same way that you would call on the services of a surveyor when thinking about buying a house, due diligence when you are merging or acquiring a practice can help you see what’s below the surface and avoid you making a costly mistake.

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Dealing with property in a GP practice merger

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Mergers & Growth

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There is a lot to think about when merging practices. Issues include transfer of staff by TUPE,  creating joint accounts, agreeing profit shares, drafting a new Partnership Agreement, aligning ways of working, dealing with the CQC and NHS England, and more.

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Dealing with the CQC during a practice merger

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2017 2:07:33 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Mergers & Growth

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Merging your Practice is a major decision and there are many factors that you need to consider before taking the plunge. (For more details, see: When is a GP practice merger not a merger?)

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Is a Super Partnership right for your GP practice?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2016 2:21:02 PM / by Nils Christiansen posted in Mergers & Growth

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How GP practices can best work together at scale to deliver effective care has been the subject of much debate in recent years. Traditionally, when practices worked together it was more informal and mergers may have involved just one or two practices. However, one model that has emerged and continues to grow in popularity, is the so-called ‘super partnership’.

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When is a GP practice merger not a merger?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2016 3:31:18 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Mergers & Growth

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A GP practice may consider undergoing a ‘merger’ for a variety of different reasons. One common trigger is that a single-handed GP is looking to retire. Alternatively, two practices may be looking to join forces to save costs, share resources and provide new services. Historically, all such transactions have been referred to as ‘practice mergers’.

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Where will future practice income come from?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 29, 2016 11:07:51 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Mergers & Growth

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So how are you faring since the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into force on 1 April 2013? After a stormy start (which included delays in contract payments for many practices and complications around the new rent reimbursement processes created by a change in landlord for those practices in NHS Property Services owned buildings) the dust has well and truly settled – leaving many GPs grappling to get onto the ‘GP Federation’ ladder in order to supplement their somewhat diminished income stream.

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Considering a GP Practice Merger or Acquisition?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 6, 2016 3:47:56 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Mergers & Growth

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Over the last few years, we’ve been experiencing an increased number of practice mergers. Some of these are borne out of the desire to gain scale locally by forming ‘super partnerships’, while others are aimed at resolving problems. Either way, there are important steps to consider before a practice merger takes place.

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