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GP Practice Structures

Making changes to your existing practice structure can ensure growth and development for all within the practice. Choosing the correct structure for your practice is vital for the overall success of your business.

What are GP Practice Structures

GP Practice structures or GP Business structures refer to the way the practice is organised, and its legal status. They comprise of several different business models including Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs) Partnerships and Enterprise Management Schemes (EMIs) to name but a few.

GP Practice Structure FAQs

What are the different Business Structures available to my Practice?

You can operate under the models of

  • Sole trader
  • Trust, including a hybrid trust, a unit trust, a discretionary trust or a family trust
  • Company
  • Partnership
  • Associateship and
  • Employee Ownership Trust (EOT)

What is employee ownership?

Employee ownership is a model of business ownership in which the share capital of the business is either partly or entirely owned by its employees. It is a fast growing form of ownership in the UK and is similar to a management buyout and with the key difference that the ownership would simply sit with the entire group of employees rather than with senior management or a select few.

What should I consider when converting my practice structure?

There are many things to consider before converting your practice.

  • Funding
  • Taxation
  • Administration
  • Number of people within the practice
  • The long-term goal of the practice

Businesss we’ve helped

NHS GP Practice becomes employee owned

MINEHEAD Medical Centre, has become the country’s first individual GP practice to operate as a John Lewis Style Employee-Owned Trust (EOT).

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