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Healthcare - clinical, corporate and information governance

We provide senior healthcare management, boards and governors with a 24/7 advisory service on a range of clinical, corporate and information governance issues.

Our clients include a number of Foundation Trusts, NHS Trusts and CCGs for whom we provide a diverse range of specialist legal advice, including annual reporting requirements, risk assessment frameworks, quality governance, and compliance with CQC and Monitor.

Our experise arises from our first hand experience of operating at a strategic level across a wide range of NHS Trusts including holding positions such as Vice Chairman, Non-Executive Director, Heads of Legal Services and Company Secretary.

Providing specialist advice to Trusts rated as beacons of excellence, those in difficulty and bodies such as NHS England and private healthcare companies, means we understand effective leadership and the importance of achieving strong governance in all areas of healthcare management.

We provide practical support to Trust Boards, helping them to prepare for Foundation Trust status or applications, to implement smooth constitutional change and adapt to new legislative requirements. This may include attending board meetings and executive management meetings to support the decision making process.

We also support Trust Boards with advice on strategic planning, partnerships and joint ventures and joint service delivery, together with guidance on commissioning, contracting and procurement processes.

Our areas of specialisation include:

  • Statutory powers, constitutions and decision making processes, including public consultation
  • Health and safety and risk management policies and processes, including health and safety prosecutions
  • Roles and responsibilities of chief executives and chairs of Trusts
  • Managing conflicts, crises and other issues which may give rise to publicity.

In addition, we provide practical advice on information governance, intellectual property, data protection, access to information, freedom of information and complaints to the Information Commissioner.

"Skilled team of defendant solicitors that works to resolve claims brought by patients against NHS trusts and workers, relating to such complex situations as organ transplants, cerebral palsy, surgery and infection. Advises healthcare bodies on various aspects of medical law such as complaints procedures and on learning lessons from any breaches of duty so as to improve patient safety."

Chambers and Partners 2016