The integration of health and social care is a rapidly changing picture. Duties imposed by the Care Act, together with the NHS Five Year Forward View are placing NHS bodies and local authorities under pressure to find better ways of delivering high quality, easily accessible and safe public services.
Our specialist team of lawyers and advisors work with NHS bodies and local authorities on the integration agenda and the practical steps they can take to make it, from joint venture arrangements to Accountable Care Systems. We are the leading UK firm advising on Section 75 agreements and the pooling of health and local government funds.
As direct payments and the personalisation of care budgets continue to gather pace, we're helping clients overcome the challenge of planning services around a far less predictable patient demand. We're also working with clients to design packages that meet the needs of a prevention agenda, where more attention than ever before is placed on tackling reasons for hospital admissions.
The wider Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) planning process and wider geographic consideration also create challenges and opportunities through Transformation funding.
Working with clients
What's certain is the integration is the way forward to addressing the needs of an ageing population, with greater health needs whilst working within an ever increasing strain on public funding. We work with clients to understand what are the new models of care are available to them and what is best suited to address the local needs. We find the best fit and work with NHS Trusts and commissioners, local authorities and NHS England to implement arrangements and to deal with ongoing issues as the new arrangements develop.
Part of the reason we are highly regarded for our work is our depth of legal knowledge and its practical application. Another is that we understand the NHS and local authorities. We have worked with the NHS since its birth in the 1940s and many of our lawyers have worked in-house within local authorities in England.
This provides our clients with a significant advantage when it comes to the delivery of a transformation plan as our advice is cutting edge, informed and practical in its delivery.
We understand the pressures, politics and the issues that cause day-to-day and longer term difficulties for clients. We speak your language. We know what you are looking for from your lawyers. And we are here with the strong guidance that will make positive differences to your organisation.
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Yeovil District Hospital NHS FT on the creation of a new integrated model of care and the creation of an Integrated and Accountable Care Organisation (a joint venture between the FT and 17 GP Practices) for the implementation of the new care model under NHS England’s New Model of Care Programme (PACS Vanguard). This project has been selected by NHS England as the national lead Vanguard for modelling new organisational forms;
Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Isle and Wight NHS Trust on the creation of a new integrated model of primary, community, secondary (physical and mental health) and social care, together with a Strategic Partnership Arrangement between the Trust and the Local Authority to pool and align budgets for the funding of the new care model. This project is part of NHS England’s New Model of Care Programme (PACS Vanguard);
Nottingham Better Together Vanguard
A consortium of seven Coordinating Providers working in Mid Nottinghamshire under the Mid Nottinghamshire’s Better Together Vanguard to create an alliance model for the delivery of integrated primary, community, secondary and urgent and emergency care under NHS England’s New Model of Care Programme (PACS/MCP hybrid and Alliance Vanguard). This project has been selected by NHS England as the national lead Vanguard for testing new pricing models;
GPs in Northumbria Vanguard
A group of GPs in Northumbria on the establishment of a corporate joint venture with a Foundation Trust for the acquisition of distressed primary care providers and the establishment of a hybrid PACS and MCP under NHS England’s New Model of Care Programme (MCP/PACs hybrid Vanguard);
GE Healthcare in relation to their work with the Erewash MCP Vanguard on the range of structural options to more effectively deliver services to people who do not require hospital services and can be treated for their conditions in a community setting with a focus on extending access to GP services (MCP Vanguard);
Solihull Together Vanguard
Solihull CCG – Solihull Together Vanguard - on the establishment of a collaboration arrangement with Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to procure an urgent care centre and new urgent care provider together with the creation of an integrated model of primary, community, secondary and urgent and emergency care under NHS England’s New Model of Care Programme (Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguard).