New models for care and Joint Ventures
We help our clients respond to the challenges the NHS faces as set out in the Five Year Forward Plan (FYFP) and understand the need to integrate care across traditional service silos to better meet patient needs and deliver improved outcomes.
In particular, we support organisational, contractual and clinical reorganisations, advising on new structures and processes for integrated care.
We can help commissioners:
- To set up appropriate engagement and consultation structures for public and clinical engagement in advance of change
- Provide specific legal advice on commercial or statutory forms of integrated services (including pooled budgets, contractual joint ventures, and transfers of service in whole or in part)
- Advising on procurement implications of change of service models
- Drafting all the legal documentation required to implement the new service model
Case Study: NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group
We advised a commissioner on the commissioning of a key integrated musculoskeletal service for its local health economy under a high value 5-year contract.
The transaction had a number of novel features including the provision of an integrated pathway covering diagnostic services, secondary care and follow-up treatment services. Also, the structure involved a “lead provider”, whereby the contracted service provider is responsible for delivering the entire clinical pathway and managing the risk associated with subcontractors. We advised on all aspects of the transaction resulting in a service delivery structure comprised of a corporate joint venture as well as a contractual joint venture.
Added value offering
- We are always happy to discuss planned projects with you to scope the legal aspects involved in your plans;
- We can come to a board development session to present on the key legal issues involved and key decisions your Board will be faced with.