GP 'super partnership' looks to secure the future of its estate

Health Care First joins forces with Assura to develop a long-term strategy for its GP surgery premises

The new partnership will look at the future of GP premises across the 'super partnership', including Pinfold Surgery (pictured)

A group of GP practices in West Yorkshire has launched a new partnership with a specialist healthcare premises company to ensure its buildings are in top shape for patients and staff.

GP super partnership, Health Care First, which serves more than 30,000 patients, has joined forces with Assura to provide specialist management for its surgery premises at Methley, Castleford, and Ferrybridge.

Assura has purchased and leased back the Pinfold Surgery, Elizabeth Court Surgery, Beauforth House, and Ferrybridge Medical Centre buildings to the partnership for the long-term.

And it will now work with the practice teams to ensure their premises are delivering well for patients and supporting activities such as improving energy efficiency of the estate.

We expect to see many more of these sorts of partnerships as primary care networks develop, forging the path for practices to manage their premises more efficiently and sustainably for the future together

The surgeries sit across three primary care networks and are also part of Conexus, the GP Confederation for Wakefield.

Lead GP, Dr Avi Biswas, said: “The traditional model of general practice is changing and for our future planning it was time to look at solutions to manage our premises as a group.

Assura has purchased and leased back four buildings, including Ferrybridge Medical Centre, and will work with managers to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions

“This will mean we have a simple communication pathway on all our premises needs and challenges, helping us not just to maintain the status quo, but also to take advantage of opportunities to improve our buildings with the best-possible partner.”

The traditional model of general practice is changing and for our future planning it was time to look at solutions to manage our premises as a group

Patrick Lowther, head of investment at Assura, added: “It is so exciting to see GP practices working together, at scale, on their premises to create the best environments for patients and staff.

“We expect to see many more of these sorts of partnerships as primary care networks develop, forging the path for practices to manage their premises more efficiently and sustainably for the future together.”

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