Winter issue of Hempsons’ Healthcare Newsbrief available

ThumbWelcome to the winter issue of Hempsons’ Healthcare Newsbrief. As ever, we have an interesting mix of articles on topical issues for you. Click here to read the newsbrief in full or click the links below to read individual articles.

What’s in our winter edition of the Healthcare Newsbrief?

With a general election less than six months away, the NHS is likely to be one of the key battlegrounds. All parties recognise that primary care will need help to meet the challenges of the next few years – but how well developed are their proposals and are they likely to achieve their aims? Paul Hardy takes a look, read more here.

Another issue for the NHS is how best to contract to deliver the outcomes patients want. Jamie Foster looks at alliance contracting – which brings together the different organisations involved along a pathway, including commissioners, and tries to align their interests to produce more integrated care. Continue reading by clicking here.

Making certain they have the right people at the top is crucial for NHS organisations. But increasingly this is about their values and behaviour as much as a set of skills or experience. Senior NHS staff – mainly those at Board level – are now expected to meet a ‘fit and proper person’ test recently introduced and enforced by the Care Quality Commission. Andrew Davidsonanalyses what organisations need to do to ensure they comply with this new requirement – and what happens if someone is found wanting. Read the full article here.

Finally, many will be aware of the problems caused by the Mitchell judgment on procedures in civil cases. James Birch takes a look at how this judgment has been modified by later cases and what it means for healthcare organisations. Despite the judgment being watered down, NHS organisations still miss court deadlines at their peril! Click here to read the article.

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2015 promises to be a challenging year for everyone working in healthcare and we look forward to updating you in our next Healthcare Newsbrief.