We know that running a GP practice or a primary care network can be challenging and complex. We’ve made it simple for you to access a range of support services in one place, giving the whole practice the time to focus on patient care.
Give us a call on 0300 123 1233 or email us [email protected] to discuss your workplace needs.
How we can support you
Support for Primary Care Networks: whatever stage you're at...
How to get started:
Step 1 - read the handbook
Step 2 - join the clinical directors forum
More about PCNs
Independent financial advice: Chase de Vere Medical
Chase de Vere Medical can offer both personal financial planning to individual partners and practice managers as well as financial planning to the practice, in terms of practice finance and appropriate protection. They can also offer bespoke financial workshops typically delivered at a practice meeting.
Personal and commercial insurance: Lloyd & Whyte
Lloyd & Whyte offer both personal and commercial insurance packages to support you throughout your personal and working life as a doctor.
HR support provided by our Employer Advisory Service
EAS offers HR support for GP partners, practice managers and medical managers. With no expensive contracts, access up-to-date HR and employment advice, documentation and assistance at employment tribunals, if you need it.
Legal services with BMA Law
Their expert legal team understand the pressures faced by practices today and are committed to providing exceptional support across your business, at preferential rates for BMA members.
Learning and Development – for BMA members
We know the challenges you face, and the skills to help you and your practice go further. Get access as a GP partner to BMJ Learning, BMJ Masterclasses and BMA non-clinical masterclasses in leadership and management.
Find out more
Access advice and guidance on BMA / GPC policy
Access the GP committee for advice, guidance and up-to-date information on contract requirements. Receive information on core practice funding streams and GDPR (for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) as well as the locum-practice agreement.
Tribunal risk due to employee dismissal
A group of member GP partners were considering dismissing an employee due to the irretrievable breakdown in work relationships between them and the rest of the team. The dismissal would have created a significant risk of a tribunal for the practice.
What did the BMA do?
As part of the HR support service, the adviser;
- drafted a letter to the employee to open the settlement negotiations
- advised on the procedures they needed to follow
- advised on their negotiating strategy
- prepared the settlement agreement
- advised on responses to the employee’s solicitors.
A settlement agreement was signed, protecting the partners from legal claims resulting from the termination, and the employee was able to leave on an amicable basis with their dignity intact. The partners now have a much happier team.
Resolving a dispute through commercial mediation
BMA Law were instructed on behalf of a GP who was one of two partners left in a London practice. At the time, three retired partners were threatening proceedings for payment of their share of the premises which were held in a separate deed. To make matters more difficult the client was in dispute with the remaining partner and couldn’t raise the requested funding.
What did BMA Law do?
At the time of instruction, the two remaining partners were not speaking. BMA Law avoided the threat of more formal proceedings and resolved the dispute by way of commercial mediation. This led to a dissolution of the partnership and a sale of the premises.
The sale of property resulted in a return to the client in excess of £600,000. When instructed they were worried about their financial position and the threat of proceedings, but BMA Law secured an agreement which allowed them to retire without liabilities and with a significant capital payment.
Working with practices to support funding
Policy can assist with providing guidance and advice on a range of issues, including: GDPR (in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland), funding, and contract requirements.
A GP partner got in touch because the practice was not being properly reimbursed for locum cover for maternity, due to the part time nature of the GP.
What did the BMA do?
Our policy department were able to advise on the correct reimbursement procedure.
Our policy department supported the GP in resolving the issue with the Commissioner and liaised with NHS England centrally to ensure the rules were clarified to all Commissioners to stop this from reoccurring.
Financial and insurance services
Saving money on locum policies with Lloyd & Whyte
"The service we received from Lloyd & Whyte has been fantastic. The personal face to face meetings are invaluable as it is all too rare to find that level of service nowadays. They were very thorough and have made great savings for the practice on several of our policies, with over £3,000 in savings on our locum policy alone. The knowledge that your advisor is available to you at any time of the day offers real security to the practice and their response times to any query is always immediate. I really would recommend Lloyd & Whyte for exceptionally competitive prices and wonderful service."
Contact Lloyd & Whyte
T: 01823 250580
E: [email protected]
Re-mortgaging a practice with Chase de Vere Medical
"It will soon become clear that you are working with independent financial advisers who pride themselves on having the highest levels of knowledge, not just about pensions but also medical career paths and other relevant areas in order that they can offer tailored and specialist independent advice to their clients."
A three partner doctors practice had an existing loan with a high street bank to purchase the freehold of the surgery premises.
The loan had 15 years left to run, with around £600,000 remaining.
The partners realised that they had built up a good deal of equity in their surgery, helped by rising property prices. They also saw that rates in general had fallen since they arrange the loan – which was at a rate of 6.00%.
What did Chase de Vere Medical do?
Their adviser researched the available lenders. They found a new lender – a high street bank – who could offer a re-mortgage at 2.50% above the Bank of England base rate.
In addition, the new lender was able to spread the loan over a
20 year term, further reducing their monthly outgoings.
- Personal Protection, including loan and mortgage protection, critical illness cover, income protection and life insurance
- Investment and savings advice
- Retirement planning and pension advice
- Pension taxation advice, including annual and lifetime allowance advice and mitigation
- Inheritance tax planning
- Mortgage advice
- Practice finance and associated protection.
Contact Chase de Vere Medical
T: 0345 609 2008
E: [email protected]
Our learning and development offering
Access clinical and non-clinical online courses, across a range of themes. Visit learning and development for more information.
Webinars and masterclasses
We have a range of courses to support you. Learn about the planning and early stages of forming a PCN, in our free webinars:
Primary Care Networks: structures, governance and decision making
Wednesday 3 April, 10am - 11am
Primary Care Networks: collaboration trust and building relationships
Wednesday 17 April, 12pm - 1pm
Or join us for one of our non-clinical courses:
For more learning and development opportunities, visit bma.org.uk/learning