Rental Value of GP Surgeries

1st September 2019

I am often asked; What’s happening to rents on medical centres? There is a general sense of frustration that rents have not increased much recently, with many doctors and practice managers comparing the increase in rent for their surgery to the increase in the value of their home. Whilst there are obvious differences between the […]

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Valuations of Surgeries

1st November 2018

This firm regularly undertakes valuations of doctors’ surgeries, predominantly for partnership purposes.  We are sometimes also asked to review valuations provided by other firms, and it is interesting to observe the trends in valuations – particularly in those repeat valuations relating to the same property. In recent years, the valuation of surgery premises has generally […]

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Single Hander GPs

1st August 2018

The phrase “single hander” is often bandied about within primary care; it refers to GPs who run their own practice without any partners and may typically have a patient list in the range of 1,500 – 3,000 patients.  Historically there have been many single handers, but following notable cases of clinical negligence, and even criminal […]

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The NHS at 70 – Stability and Transformation

1st July 2018

With the NHS now being 70 years old, there has been much recent publicity as to the excellent healthcare it provides and how it has changed since its formation in 1948. The NHS is clearly held in high regard by the public at large, as well as being a key topic for politicians. With healthcare being […]

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Fundraising success at the Dulux Trade London Revolution 2018!

14th May 2018

Over the weekend of 12-13th May 2018, Adam Thompson of Primary Care Surveyors, and his 9 teammates, joined over 2,500 riders to complete the 185-mile Dulux Trade London Revolution cycle ride in order to raise money for charity. After cycling nearly 300km around London (and spending a night in a tent!), Adam and the team […]

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Cycling the Dulux Trade London Revolution 2018 for UK charity Meeting Needs

1st May 2018

Adam Thompson, Director of Primary Care Surveyors, is donning lycra at the weekend and joining his 9 teammates to complete the arduous 300km route around London over 2 days to raise £4,500 for charity. Day 1 of the event will see London Revolution participants cycle just over 100 miles through Central London and out of […]

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The Rise of the Super Practice

1st March 2018

Adam Thompson, Director at Primary Care Surveyors, specialist in the healthcare property market, investigates and explains the issues with which the NHS and GPs have to contend. Article first published in the March 2018 issue of Health Estate Journal, the monthly magazine of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM: With the […]

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Primary Care Update – Organisations and Transformation

1st February 2018

The new year has started well, with the initiative to deliver new medical centres finally gathering momentum.  CCGs are demonstrating a tendency to be more receptive towards considering proposals for new medical centres, where the proposals are deliverable, which is most encouraging. The main scheme for funding is the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund (ETTF), […]

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GP Premises – Top Ten Tips

1st January 2018

Top Ten Tips and Tricks for GP premises For all premises 1 – Partnership agreement. Is there a Partnership Agreement in place and how is the property treated within that? Is the basis of valuation still relevant? e.g. If the property is likely to cease to be used as a surgery in the foreseeable future, […]

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2017 in Review

2017 in Review

1st December 2017

It is that time of year when we tend to look back at what has happened over the preceding 12 months.  I have found that the highlights (or lowlights!) in the healthcare property sector for 2017 have been as follows:   The revised NHS Premises Directions that govern the payment of notional rent and rent […]

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Sale and Leaseback Transactions Explained

8th November 2017

Sale and leaseback transactions are much discussed and often promoted by surveyors and solicitors, unsurprisingly given that the yield often makes this a lucrative area of work for professional advisors.  However, it is in nobody’s interest to promote a strategy where it is not suitable, so it is important to establish that sale and leaseback […]

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NHS Property Services Update

1st November 2017

Many Practices have now received proposed Heads of Terms from a firm of surveyors, Montagu Evans, acting on behalf of NHS Property Services.  These Heads of Terms outline a lease which in most instances is for 25 years, although the landlord has the right to break the lease upon six months’ notice.  However, fortunately, the […]

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Succession and the Impact on Property

1st September 2017

The recruitment and retention of GPs has long been a challenge for practices, and in recent years this has been compounded by the baby boomer generation nearing retirement.  This has put many practices at risk of having an insufficient number of partners, and left them potentially vulnerable.  Furthermore, there has been a shift in the […]

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120 New GP Surgeries & Medical Centres Required in the Green Belt by 2025

1st August 2017

With 360,000 new houses planned on green belt land as part of a new housing boom, Adam Thompson, Director at Primary Care Surveyors – specialists in the primary care property sector – warns that little regard or attention is being paid to the required social infrastructure to support those new housing developments, regardless of Section […]

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Lease Issues

1st July 2017

I have recently advised a few GP practices concerning similar issues regarding the identity of the tenants on the lease. When premises are leased from landlords, it is imperative to ensure the names of the individual tenants are kept up to date.  Where a lease is granted for a surgery, a partnership cannot be a […]

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Health Centre Leases and NHS Estate

1st May 2017

In previous newsletters I have written about premises owned by NHS Property Services Limited and the proposed leases that Practices based in Health Centres are being asked to enter into.  Those issues continue, with the lease roll-out programme now firmly underway. Practices have received Heads of Terms via agents acting on behalf of NHS Property […]

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To Share or Not To Share Accommodation

To Share or Not to Share Accommodation

1st April 2017

There is an interesting contradiction between what is detailed in the NHS Premises Directions, and the direction of travel for the provision of healthcare services in the community. The number of other healthcare providers being based in the community in doctors’ surgeries, is increasing.  This has historically been the community staff, e.g. practice nurses and […]

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Development Update

1st March 2017

It is encouraging to note that there is much more activity now taking place with proposed development of new medical centres. This has come about with the implementation of the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund (ETTF) for which the new medical centres need to be up and running by 31 March 2019.  With construction typically […]

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Health Centre Leases

1st February 2017

I have written previous articles about the proposed leases for the practices who occupy all or part of health centres, now owned by NHS Property Services Limited. Such practices do not occupy health centres by way of formal lease agreements, although there have been various efforts made in times gone by for leases to be […]

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Valuation Update

1st January 2017

At the start of a new year it is always interesting to look back at work undertaken over the previous twelve months, and to try to anticipate what is going to happen in the year ahead. The volume of valuations undertaken by our company has increased noticeably in recent years, and this trend looks likely […]

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2020 Vision

1st December 2016

The immense pressure on healthcare services has been highly publicised.  One of many key statistics to indicate this, is that whereas the proportion of over 65s in the UK population rose only marginally between 2000 to 2010, from 23% to 24%, by 2035 it is expected to increase to 44%.  This will bring about quite […]

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Adam Thompson and MP Alan Mak discuss plans for Emsworth Surgery relocation

10th November 2016

Adam met with MP Alan Mak, to discuss plans for the relocation of Emsworth Surgery in Hampshire. Emsworth Practice has been a long-standing client of Primary Care Surveyors, with PCS providing valuation and rent review advice as well as ongoing advice on opportunities for a new medical centre.

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Primary Care Infrastructure

1st November 2016

There has been much speculation and discussion about the future structure of primary care, with a particular concern being recruitment of GPs and how this affects succession planning for practices. This may in turn affect the continuation of the GP practice as we know it. The challenge of recruiting partners to practices has been a […]

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Adam Thompson Speaks at HealthInvestor Summit 2016

3rd October 2016

Adam Thompson, Director of Primary Care Surveyors, joined the proactive panel discussions regarding primary care at the HealthInvestor Conference held at Nabarro, London in September 2016. He spoke about the state of primary care today, including how primary care estate is performing, and funding and future challenges. Joined by Chair Vernon Baxter, managing director of HealthInvestor, Paul Conlan, […]

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Who Will Be the Future Owners and Occupiers of GP Surgeries?

1st October 2016

Adam Thompson writes for Management In Practice on the subject of primary care property, succession planning and the challenges of recruiting new GP partners.

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