Jamie Foster

What Jamie can do for you

Jamie is a partner in the Corporate Commercial Department. He advises a wide range of clients in the health and social care, life sciences and charities and social enterprise sectors on corporate, commercial and public law matters including:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Setting up new businesses
  • Contracting with consumers (including with patients)
  • IT contracts and projects
  • Constitutional and governance advice
  • Joint ventures, collaborations and partnering arrangements
  • Outsourcing projects and other transactions

Examples of recent work include advising on:

  • NHS sustainability and transformation: the development of new care models including Integrated Care Organisations and Accountable Care Organisations / Systems, including advising on a number of NHS England’s vanguard projects

Jamie led Hempsons’ team advising on the creation of the ground-breaking Salford Integrated Care Organisation. Jack Sharp, Executive Director of Service Strategy and Development at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust commented: “Hempsons have guided the partners in assessing risks and supporting implementation of Salford Together’s innovative and radical new care model. They have provided first class expertise and have been responsive and professional throughout this complex and high profile project working to a demanding timetable.”

  • Mergers and acquisitions: numerous recent mergers and acquisitions including the merger of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust with Calderstones Partnership Foundation Trust, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust’s acquisition of West Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust and the merger of South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust to create an Integrated Care Organisation
  • Outsourcing and projects: the development by Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust of a satellite cancer centre with a private sector partner on the site of another trust
  • Healthtech: the development and regulation of health services online and via apps, including recently for businesses providing private primary care services and for NHS clinical networks
  • Life Sciences: licensing arrangements between University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University College London for the production of viral gene therapeutic vectors for use in clinical trials for cancer patients
  • Charities and social enterprises: the spin out of 8 social enterprises from the NHS, all of which are now staff-owned mutual organisations delivering services for NHS commissioners and, most recently, the Cabinet Office’s Mutuals in Health programme
  • Personalisation and choice: the implementation and management of arrangements for Personal Health Budgets including direct payments to patients

The clients he works with

  • NHS Foundation Trusts, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Commissioning Support Units and NHS regulators
  • Charities and Social Enterprises
  • Independent sector health and social care providers
  • GPs
  • Local authorities

A little more about Jamie

Jamie is a trustee of the Charles S. French Charitable Trust, a charity which provides grant giving support to a wide range of charitable activities primarily within Essex and North East London.

Recent external publications

  • Alliance Contracting (ACEVO publication)
  • A Brave New World for GPs (GP Magazine)
  • Better Health: A Third Sector CEO’s Guide to the NHS Standard Contract for Mental Health Services and Community Services (ACEVO/Department of Health publication)
  • Taking Stock of GP Commissioning  (GP Magazine)
  • Direct Payments (HCMN)
  • Barking & Dagenham case study (Guardian Public and HSJ)
  • GP Commissioning (GP)
  • Healthcare trends (SJ)

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Things you need to know about information governance to sell healthtech products into the NHS

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.

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  • Chambers UK 2017
    “Clients appreciate Jamie Foster's candid commercial advice. ”