Investing in GP surgeries for better healthcare

The next few years are going to be an exciting time in primary care. Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are at the heart of changes that patients, GPs, practice managers and primary care commissioners have been wanting for years.

The pressures on the NHS have been well documented. Not least, people are living longer with more complicated health issues. They don’t necessarily need emergency care, but more often than not they end up in hospital receiving expensive care for health issues that potentially could be significantly cheaper to treat through primary and community care.

We’ve been watching the STPs process with great interest, and from our conversations with many primary care professionals, we are seeing genuine optimism that this will deliver much better, local services for patients.

In the medium to long term, new care models have the potential to address financial and operational pressures. By increasing services delivered through primary and community care NHSE will save money; reducing expensive acute visits and reducing demand for services with early intervention. But investment is needed now to build the infrastructure to deliver financial and operational savings in the future.

At Octopus Healthcare we believe better buildings can make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing. Over the last decade, we have partnered with hundreds of GP practices, trusts and NHS providers to deliver state-of-the-art facilities for patients and communities. Working on new models, and with new organisations, our approach is always to invest in and develop buildings as focal points for change.

As there is a significant push towards moving healthcare provision into primary care, General Practice estate is fundamental. GP estates are generally not owned by NHS organisations within STP footprints. Typically, premises are owned by the GP practice or leased from a private landlord; and funded by the NHS (General Medical Services – Premises Costs) Directions 2013.

With funding pressures, many areas are exploring alternative ways of funding GP premises, looking for healthcare investment from the private sector as well as the NHS England’s Estates and Technology Transformation Fund (ETTF). Getting the infrastructure in place early will be a key factor in how healthcare professionals, and patients, access new care models in the future.

To find out how we can transform your primary care facilities, grow your GP practice and deliver better services to your community, visit our website or email us.

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