- Information law; healthcare litigation
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Chris specialises in healthcare law. He undertakes defendant clinical negligence litigation, including claims of utmost severity on behalf of NHS clients and represents such clients at inquests, including Article 2 and jury inquests.
Chris is also an expert in the field of information governance, and regularly advises NHS and other healthcare providers, third sector entities and tech start ups in the field. He also provides advice on transactional work involving a change in usage of personal data. Recent work in this area has included advising an NHS body in relation to the IG issues in a major NHS Test Bed project, and preparing clients for GDPR implementation.
Chris’s advice has covered matters relating to patient information and confidentiality, including data security breaches and the associated monetary penalties, and commercially sensitive information, in particular in relation to contentious procurement issues.
Chris also advises on public interest disclosures of information and has advised recently on disclosures of information with a national high profile, including those concerning safeguarding children. Chris also lectures and publishes articles on wider issues of information governance with a particular emphasis on the health sector.
Main areas of expertise
- Information governance
- Clinical negligence litigation
The clients he works with
- NHS foundation trusts
- NHS trusts
- Primary Care Trusts
- Healthcare practitioners
- Medical Defence Organisations
- Third sector organisations
The Law Society
We are delighted to be joined by NHS Resolution, who will outline how the CNST maternity incentive scheme operates to support the delivery of the Department of Health’s Maternity Safety Strategy.View Event
The NHS encourages innovation in using technology in developing new and better ways of delivering care, managing health conditions and reducing hospital conditions. It is also a key marketplace for such products. NHS organisations also have large databases of patient related health data, which have the potential to be vital source of information for analysis and development of healthtech products. However, the NHS internal information governance rules place strict controls on the use of patient identifiable data including for cutting edge artificial intelligence products. Any healthtech product must be capable of operating within this framework in order to be a viable product to offer to NHS customers. This session will provide an introduction to the relevant rules and principles and sources of guidance and advice to technology companies seeking to develop products for this sector, including an overview of the role of anonymisation and psuedonymisation (including the use of controlled environments) and section 251 authorisations.View Event
If you handle and process personal information about individuals, you have a legal obligation under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”) to protect that information.
Welcome to the latest edition of Hempsons’ Dental newsbrief, a round-up of some of the hot legal topics in the dental sector
The Global Digital Exemplar programme was borne out of the recognised need for digital transformation to be undertaken by the UK’s heath system to ensure its future sustainability and maintain its ability to deliver high standards of care.
Keeping confidential information about staff and patients secure is a responsibility NHS organisations have taken seriously for a long time. But the requirements on them are about to increase. From May 2018, organisations will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU regulation.
Keeping confidential information about staff and patients secure is a responsibility businesses operating in the health and social care sectors have taken seriously for a long time. But the requirements are about to increase. From May 2018, organisations will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU regulation.
As a GDE or Fast Follower you will undoubtedly be looking to digitise data which has previously been not held in electronic form. You may also be migrating electronic records to new systems or joining up or sharing data sets for the first time. All of these activities ring alarm bells for the Information Governance specialists whose immediate concern will be – can this be done within the law?
Innovation is an integral part of any quest for digital maturity and technology underpins most innovative projects. Moving data and services from an offline, paper based environment online necessitates a new way of thinking, new processes and procedures and often new methodologies and technologies to facilitate the transformation.
The way services are accessed has been transformed by the changes in technology over the past decade and these developments present exciting opportunities for transforming how healthcare can be delivered however, when seeking to develop new opportunities, it is essential to have a clear understanding on the law governing the use of data and ensure that these considerations are incorporated into any project from the outset.
Welcome to the winter edition of Hempsons’ Healthcare Newsbrief. Many of you will be reading this at the NHS Providers conference where many of the issues we are writing about – from moving towards digital records to the issues around moving to an accountable care organisation – will be either discussed or on the minds of delegates...
The current law governing the use of personal data in the UK is the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”). The law will change on 25 May 2018 when the European General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”) will come into effect.
Is your private practice ready for GDPR? The law will change on 25 May 2018 when the European General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect.