Our in-depth sector knowledge along with our in-house NHS experts have between them over 20 years NHS experience, specifically with Primary and Secondary Care Service Providers and Commissioners, from both the private and public sector.
GP, Dental and Optometry Services
Managing your practice
It is important to ensure as Healthcare Practitioners you have partnership agreements. We can assist you with negotiating and documenting the engagement of new partners. Agreements and contracts are essential elements of good governance arrangements. These matters need not be legally complex and we will advise you on the legal aspects to minimise risks and ensure your partnership arrangements and contractual arrangements are robust.
Partnership agreements: We can assist and provide you with the right level of understanding on new agreements that you are being asked to sign.
Primary Care Contracts: Including GMS, PMS, APMS and all types of other commercial contracts including supplier contracts. We have an extensive understanding of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), Dental Contracts and General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contracts.
Declarations of trust
Dispute resolution: Including a comprehensive mediation service to help resolve partnership disputes without resorting to expensive litigation, ensuring that your contractual relationship with NHSE/the CCG is managed throughout the process.
Succession planning: Issues and solutions to help ensure you navigate the risk in succession planning.
Practice Sales, Mergers and Joint Working
When and if it becomes necessary, we can provide advice on the sale of healthcare practices together with advice on the transfer of GMS contracts, PMS and APMS, Dental and General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contracts.
Construction and/or Refurbishment of Healthcare Premises
One of the essential foundations of healthcare is improving the patient journey, as well as maximising the range of services provided. To achieve this effectively, both the project plan and the interests of the healthcare premises need to be properly documented. This will more often than not involve contractual arrangements with construction companies.
All types of property work, including:
New surgery developments and extensions.
The grant of leases from property owning partners to non-property-owning partners NHS organisations and pharmacies.
Trust deeds and declarations of trust.
Expert advice on Performers List issues
GP’s, Dentists and Opticians hold various salaried posts and are required to have their name on NHS England’s Performers List. We are highly experienced at providing advice on the on the issues that can arise from joining the Performers List. We can advise on when action is proposed or initiated to remove or suspend a medical practitioner from the List. In the unfortunate event a dispute arises we can advise on the resolution of the same arising from GMS, PMS, APMS, Dental Contract and General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contract.
GMC, GDC and GOC investigations
We provide advice on all GMC, GDC and GOC matters including performance reviews, registration appeals, specialist list appeals, and representation at fitness to practise hearings.
A provider organisation can sometimes be a useful vehicle to deliver new and innovative services, which can be formed as part of a GP federation and or super-practice. We can advise on setting up provider organisations and joint ventures between GP federations and GP practices for sharing resources and community interest companies.
Commercial Contracts and Procedures
Our in-house NHS expertise means we have an established reputation for providing commercially focused, practical legal advice on commercial contracts and procedures. We can review and negotiate commercial contracts on your behalf, as well as provide succinct and practical advice on the correct contractual route to follow, thus minimising contractual risk to your practice.