Practice Manager Supporter – Matt Perkins

Hi, my name is Matt Perkins, and I am the Business Manager at Coastal Medical Partnership, a merged practice of 33,000 patients in the New Forest Area, split over 5 buildings in the New Milton and Lymington area. We have 22 GP Partners, employ around 150 staff, and are a single PCN / single practice.

Our demographic is extreme, with the dubious honour of having the town with the highest average age in the UK (Barton on Sea at 65yrs) within our catchment. This brings it’s own challenges, for example 23 care homes and significant levels of long term conditions.

I have been a Practice Manager for 16 years, coming from an unrelated business background. I do therefore remember what it is like to start in this role with no NHS experience, so am well placed to help any new PMs who might be in that position. The only way I have survived in my role is due to the excellent network of Practice Managers that there are in Wessex. It is easy to feel isolated in this job due to the unique challenges we face as PMs, and so it is always encouraging and helpful to talk and learn from my colleagues in other practices on a daily basis. If there is an area of my role I enjoy the most, it would be the operational / financial side, but am happy to listen and help in any way I can.

Outside work I am married with two grown-up children, and when not with them I love getting out sailing and racing yachts and dinghies when I can.

If I can be of assistance, please do give me a call.

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