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Professional Expenses Plan for Practices

Professional Expenses Plan for Practices

  • Provides a regular monthly income to your practice if an employee becomes unable to work due to illness or injury
  • The money can be used to cover either a proportion of the fixed costs of running your practice, or the costs of paying a locum or someone else to carry out the individual's normal duties
  • Potential to enjoy tax relief on the premiums
  • Safeguard your business from significant and unexpected costs
Summary
This plan is designed to be taken out by a practice that is a limited company, LLP, PLC or Scottish Partnership.  Where single-handed practitioners, or partners in an ordinary partnership wish to insure themselves, we have a separate plan, the Professional Expenses Plan .

Protect your business

What would happen to your practice if one of your most valuable and influential people suddenly couldn't work due to illness or injury?

Not only would you be concerned for that person's welfare, you would still have the responsibility of continuing to run your business effectively and efficiently. Regardless of the number of clients or patients you have, you still need to cover the fixed costs of your business. You may even need to find a replacement to continue servicing your clients. However locum costs can easily mount up and put pressure on your business's finances.

Your profitability as well as your reputation could be seriously affected if you struggle to meet your clients' or patients' needs.

This is where the Wesleyan Professional Expenses Plan for Practices can help your business.

What is the Wesleyan Professional Expenses Plan for Practices?

The Wesleyan Professional Expenses Plan for Practices provides a regular monthly income to your practice if a valued member of the team becomes ill or suffers an injury that stops them from working.You can use it to cover either:

  • a proportion of the ongoing fixed costs of running your practice or firm, or
  • the costs of paying a locum or someone else to carry out the individual's normal duties.

How can the plan benefit you and your business?

The Wesleyan Professional Expenses Plan for Practices has a number of benefits. For example, it means that you don't have to find additional finance to cover your fixed expenses, to pay a locum or to make additional payments to your existing staff to help you continue to run the business.

Sickness absence costs employers an average of £16 billion, based on costs of salaries of individuals on sick leave
Source: Survey of Sickness Absence and Rates 2015, XpertHR
Tailor your plan
With the help of your Wesleyan Financial Consultant, you can structure the plan to suit the needs of your business. At the start of the plan, you decide:

  • the amount of cover you need
  • how soon you want us to pay the practice after your team member becomes unable to work
  • how long you want the benefit to be paid for, either 26 or 52 weeks
  • how long you want the cover to last, the plan end age
Advantages for you

Safeguard your business from significant and unexpected costs

Finding funds to cover your ongoing fixed expenses or the cost of securing a replacement when an ill or injured member of the team is unable to work, can put a strain on practice finances.

The Wesleyan Professional Expenses Plan for Practices could help safeguard your business against your significant costs or the unexpected costs of having to employ a locum so you can manage costs more effectively.

Keep generating revenue for your business

Regardless of the number of clients you have, the practice's fixed expenses such as your rent, insurance and heating must still be paid even if a key individual is not able to work. The plan can cover fixed expenses or help the practice pay for a locum who can continue to generate revenue.

Protect the reputation of your practice

Having to rearrange or, worse still, cancel appointments with your clients or patients because someone has become ill or has an injury that stops them from working, could be upsetting as well as inconvenient. For some, it can be difficult to find new clients or patients, let alone trying to keep them. It can take just a few discontented patients or clients to damage your reputation, which may have taken time and effort to build.

The plan enables you to cover the costs of paying a locum or someone else to carry out the absent person's normal duties, allowing you to provide a continuous service with little or no disruption.

Tailored for your business

You decide which individuals are to be covered. There are also options to suspend or reduce cover to take account of breaks in their career, for example through maternity or paternity leave.

Choose when you want the benefit payments to start

At the start of the plan, you can decide when we start paying the practice that best suits your business requirements. Assuming we're able to accept the claim, we can pay out after zero, four, eight, 13 or 26 weeks.

Unlimited claims

There is no limit to the number of claims the practice can make. Each claim will be considered in line with the plan's terms and conditions, but a claim would not be refused just because a previous claim had been made. What's more, making a claim will not affect the premiums you pay in the future.

Potential to enjoy tax relief on the premiums

Premiums are normally treated as a business expense, so the practice can deduct them from profits before calculating tax. This means tax is paid on a lower amount. Note, however that if the employee being insured owns a significant share of the business, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) may not allow tax relief on the premiums. You should check this with your local inspector of taxes.

Continue to meet NHS or other contractual commitments

Hitting targets can be difficult at the best of times, but a lack of resource due to the illness or injury of a vital team member can make it an even greater challenge. The plan can enable resources to be put in place so the practice can continue to meet its contractual agreements.

Important information
Please use the link to the Key Features document of the Professional Expenses Plan for Practices for important information about this product.


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