NHS Property Services Limited
For many primary care providers including a number of dentists, the landlord of their surgery was their local PCT (Primary Care Trust). When PCTs ceased to exist in April 2013, operational primary care properties, including dental surgeries, GP (general practitioner) surgeries, pharmacies and ophthalmic surgeries were transferred to NHS Property Services Limited (NHS PS), a new company owned by the Department of Health. NHS PS was tasked to deliver cost effective property solutions for community health services along with value for money. Fitness for purpose is also a key consideration for the Department of Health and CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspections have driven this. The move of PCTs’ property interests to a new body has prompted the formalisation of the contractual position between NHS PS and dental practices where clear contracts did not previously exist. The advent of a more arm’s length relationship between the parties has meant dentists must build a relationship with their new contacts at NHS PS.