Delivering advanced and up-to-date prison health solutions
At Blake Morgan we work with public bodies and commissioners to ensure the legal mechanisms are in place to provide prison healthcare services effectively and safely.
We have a specialist team of commercial healthcare lawyers who advise on navigating the procurement process involved in the provision of healthcare services in prisons.
We advise commissioners on the statutory requirements and bespoke contractual terms in the procurement of a range of healthcare services at prisons across England and Wales, including primary care, social care, pharmacy and medicine management, dental and ophthalmic services, mental health and substance abuse services.
Main Areas Of Practice
Our support to commissioners procuring for the provision of prison health includes strategic advice, contractual advice and ongoing support.
We provide strategic advice to commissioners to navigate the procurement process from the outset, including advising on compliance with public procurement law transparency and consistency, and the process needed to run the procurement, including the appropriate manner of engagement with bidders.
Legal contractual advice
We can advise on the overall legal and contractual structure required for the provision of primary care services, including the use and adaptation of the NHS Standard and APMS contracts and working through any service-specific issues.
We will work with the local authorities involved in any prison health procurement to secure a budget for social care and incorporate important mechanisms for contractual performance management.
Dentistry and general ophthalmic services
We are comfortable working with the latest PDS and GOS contracts to ensure all service-specific requirements are met in the context of integrated commissioning.
We can advise on the provision of any other prison-specific services which may be required, including mental health and substance abuse services and pharmacy and medicine management.
Following the procurement process we can provide ongoing strategic and contractual advice concerning the choice of bidder as provider, relationship management with provider(s) going forward, preparation for contract award and any necessary contractual updates following changes to legislative or commissioner requirements.
We work directly with the NHS England Commissioning teams in London, the Midlands and the South East, and work alongside commissioners, providers and local authorities as necessary in order to ensure all requirements are met for the effective provision of prison health.
Our specialist team supports commissioners in procuring a range of primary care, personal dental, mental health and substance abuse services in a number of prisons, including young offender units, across England. In recent delivered projects, the client has developed good working relationships with the successful bidder through the process, which is continuing in service delivery.
Our expert lawyers are comfortable with the use and adaptation of the NHS Standard Contract, the Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) Contract, the Personal Dental Services (PDS) Contract and the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) Contract to meet the unique delivery requirements for each commissioning project.
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