The health and care sector is addressing the most significant changes in structure since the NHS was established in 1948 and, although the Health and Social Care Act 2010 is now in place, the supporting structures are still evolving. The level of scrutiny of delivery and approach is increasing and becoming more regulated.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has re-focused and the Office of Fair Trading’s recent investigation into referral practices could open another chapter on competition authority involvement. The model for commissioning and providing has an entirely new commercial framework in which private and public sector involvement both compete and collaborate in increasingly different ways.
While the establishment of NHS Property Services Limited may herald a change in the direction and strategy for dealing with ex-primary care trust property assets, it will also create new challenges for landlords and tenants alike.
In the care home market, public sector funding and private sector caps are the most critical issues as consolidation continues and new legislation approaches. Pharmacy operators are re-appraising their market with the withdrawal of the 100 hours concession and consolidation is a feature amongst larger operators.
Our specialist team comprises a multi-disciplinary group of corporate, property, commercial, construction, banking, employment and tax lawyers with the depth of experience and commercial awareness to help clients navigate successfully through this complex, changing landscape.
Working closely together, we provide an integrated service to support public and private sector clients, in particular, across a wide range of issues from acquisitions, mergers and development to project finance, CQC compliance and employment tribunals.
Advising long-standing client, Alex Karidis, the well-known cosmetic surgeon, on the various commercial agreements required for setting up his new clinic.
Acting for a developer on the development and letting of a new health centre within a mixed use scheme to a GP practice.
Preparing all facility and security documents for Clydesdale Bank and reviewing the transfer arrangements of property, business and staff for a portfolio of care homes operated by a leading nursing home operator.