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How general practices can access the skills to develop a business plan

By: Tracey Vell | Post date: 20/12/2017 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 14/11/2018

In the changing health economy, can you give us some advice on creating a business plan?

Dr Tracey Vell, Chief Executive of Manchester Local Medical Committee, offers advice for GP practices looking to develop a business plan.


In a changing health economy, you need to be able to produce business plans more than we ever used to do in General Practice and is becoming a skill that needs to be developed. I really do think it is a skill. So, I think first you need to decide whether you have that skill within your practice, whether you have it in your locality via a GP federation, whether you have a specialist manager that can cater for that. But if you are going to choose a manager or even get the skill yourself look at other providers that can help you. So, often your indemnity associations or a regulator or NHS England have courses or staff that can help you produce these. But look across the country and see if a business plan that is similar is already being used then you don’t have to duplicate that. But, always before you submit it, get someone you trust to check it over and make sure that it makes sense.

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Tracey Vell has worked in general practice for over 23 years. Now, she also acts as chief executive of Manchester LMC and chair of the Association of Greater Manchester LMCs, as well as working nationally on the New Models of Care Technical Committee.

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