Why Capsticks?

As a GP or Practice Manager, you’re not just providing medical care, you’re running a business.

As legal specialists acting for GPs across the country, we’re experts at understanding the commercial challenges you face. We know you’ve got to keep on top of medical advances, regulatory changes and patient demand - and still find time to manage property, partnerships, super-partnerships and all types of collaboration: from informal alliances through to full practice mergers.

We understand commissioning arrangements, funding, policy and primary care contracting better than any other law firm. This allows our specialist team to quickly provide practical, cost effective solutions that let you focus on your patients, staff and business.

Primary Care Networks

A key part of the NHS long-term plan, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) will bring general practices together to work at scale. GP practices are expected to come together in geographical networks covering populations of approximately 30,000–50,000 patients, providing better collaboration between practices and others in the local health and social care system. However, there is still much to be decided…

How can we help?

As practices continue to come together, the role of the PCN will develop. Already we are seeing that there are a variety of models across the country. There are many things to consider including its form, the allocation of risk and liability and ultimately its purpose. We offer a range of services including training to help you explore the best option for your Network. Learn more about how we can help with your Primary Care Network here.

Capsticks HR Advisory Service for GP Practices and PCNs

Our GP team are dealing with numerous queries from primary care practioners about the implications for their workforce as PCNs take affect such as: 

  • How will government funding be accessed?
  • Who will be the employer for the post holders of the new roles that have been developed? 
  • What will happen at the end of the funding period?
  • Who will pick up any potential redundancy costs?
  • What about the CQC inspection and how do you ensure that you haven’t accessed the funding inappropriately? 
  • What will the employment arrangements be and who will carry the risk?

Clearly there is a need for practical advice around this area and Capsticks HR Advisory Service can help you navigate these complex issues. Learn more about how our HR Advisory service can help here.

Insights into PCNs from the Team at Capsticks
GP Partnership Review – Final Report (January 2019)

The independent chair of the GP partnership review has completed inquiry into whether the partnership model is suitable for the future of general practice. We review the main difficulties facing practices, as highlighted in the report. Read more.

GP Partnership Review – Final Report: Overview of the Primary Care Network Recommendation

The Capsticks team examines ‘Recommendation 5’ from the GP Partnership Review, which outlines how Primary Care Networks should be established and operate. Read more.

The Network Contract DES: What we know, and what needs to be determined locally

The new Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES) was announced in the recently-published Five Year GP Contract Framework. We outline the key takeaways and potential considerations for practices and local commissioners. Read more.

Workforce considerations for Primary Care Networks

Through the new Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme, announced in the 2019 GP Contract Framework, further funding will be made available to Primary Care Networks to reimburse over 20,000 additional staff by 2024. We examine key points to consider and question what happens when the funding ends. Read more.

Ockham Healthcare Podcast: The practical implications of establishing Primary Care Networks

Legal Director Neha Shah featured on The General Practice Podcast alongside presenter Ben Gowland (Ockham Healthcare) and accountant Colin Haw (BHP Chartered Accountants) to discuss the practical implications of establishing Primary Care Networks. Listen here.

GP Practices: Getting your “house in order”

Before practices can form long lasting, effective working relationships with other practices and healthcare professionals, they need to make sure that their own “houses are in order" and have a well drafted partnership deed in place. Read more.

Proud to be a Primary Care Direct Member

Capsticks is proud to be a consortium member of Primary Care Direct, which provides essential support to GP practices via a consortium of professional services member organisations.

Providing a “one-stop shop” to GP Practices, Federations and Pharmacies, Primary Care Direct offers support in a wide range of areas such as Business Management, Finance, Employment Law, Tender Management, Workforce Development, Change Management, HR and Organisational Development.

For more information please visit www.primarycaredirect.co.uk

Keeping you one step ahead
We have extensive sector experience which provides the firm with a unique perspective and insight into the legal and business concerns of medical partnerships.

With a full range of services for GPs, we are a full service solution for all your legal work. No need to hunt around for services on an ad hoc basis. Or rely on non-specialists to learn the basics before offering advice. We’re pro-active with our advice. Whether we’re offering a free seminar on collaboration, or explaining the options for GP surgery developments, we keep our clients one step ahead of market changes.

We hold regular seminar series nationally on issues affecting GPs and Practice Managers. And we collaborate with other specialists to bring cutting-edge events and insights to clients in clear, practical formats.

Key areas we help GPs with include:

  • Managing your partnership

    Robust agreements and contracts are the basis of good governance arrangements in your practice.  We can guide you through all the legal aspects to minimise risks and ensure your partnership arrangements are durable.

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  • Collaboration models

    We will help make sure you’re prepared for every type of collaboration: whether it’s an informal agreement to share back office functions with a neighbouring practice or a full blown merger. We have advised on numerous practice mergers where the practices have transformed primary care delivery under sustainable and profitable business models.

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  • Property

    Through many years of experience our national team of GP property specialists has an unrivalled understanding of the funding regime for GP premises costs.

    We also work closely with professionals in the sector such as specialist surveyors, accountants and funders, and host a national series of seminars and conferences on GP property issues. 

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  • Regulatory

    Our in-depth sector knowledge and experience gives us an unparalleled edge in delivering regulatory advice.

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  • HR advisory and employment law

    We understand that dealing with day to day employee relations can be time consuming. This is why our HR advisory service and national team of employment lawyers can help you with all your employment law and HR queries.

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We have had to manage complex property issues on retirement of several GP partners. Lisa Geary and the team at Capsticks have provided us with a very efficient and professional service. We would have no hesitation in using them for future legal work.
Boundary House medical Centre – Legal 500 2018