Commissioning healthcare

The new NHS commissioning landscape

NHS care is now commissioned by a range of new NHS bodies, which began their commissioning role on 2nd April 2013. Clinical Commissioning Groups, led by GPs and other clinicians, are responsible for commissioning a wide range of healthcare services, supported by a network of Commissioning Support Units. In addition, NHS England manages the performance of those CCGs through its Area Teams as well as commissioning a range of healthcare services itself, such as primary care services (provided by GPs, dentists and opticians), specialist healthcare services and prison healthcare.

As a specialist commissioning law firm, Hempsons has assisted CCGs and CSUs with their authorisation and establishment process, and are advising many CCGs on a range of issues including:

  • Governance issues
  • Procurement and competition regulations
  • The Francis Report and its implications for commissioners
  • Continuing healthcare
  • HR related matters

In order to assist new NHS commissioning bodies with their responsibilities, we will be running a comprehensive programme of seminars focusing on the key legal issues for commissioners.

We are working with commissioners, including CCGs, providers and regulatory bodies to assist them through the changes to come:

Commissioning support

The Commissioning Support Units emerging nationally perform a key role in the new health system, ensuring that CCGs have access to resource and expertise in commissioning, patient engagement, IT support, finance, governance, procurement and contract management. Hempsons has been active in supporting CSUs in establishing their initial governance structures and service offerings and “at scale” services.

Hempsons and NAPC

We are NAPC partners. We work alongside NAPC in offering support and guidance to those involved in primary care and the changing healthcare landscape. We can currently offer:

  1. Legal services Support package for NAPC members that will provide access to immediate free legal advice, discounted fee rates, training assistance and regular legal updates.

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Why choose Hempsons?

We act for 1000s of GPs, over 160 NHS bodies, as well as Local Authorities, Social Enterprises and the private sector involved in health and social care.  We have over 100 lawyers working for them across the full range of disciplines across our offices in London, Harrogate, Manchester and Newcastle.

Legal Directories rate us as a leading GP law firm

The team are regularly asked to contribute their expertise to other publications. Here is a selection of recent articles.

Market sources are full of praise for this team, labelling it “a class act.” The team’s vast experience of acting for medical entities makes it a natural choice for the most complex and sophisticated work in the sector.

Chambers UK 2012



Key Contacts

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Christian Dingwall

Partner, London
Corporate, Commercial
020 7484 7525
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Ross Clark

Partner, Harrogate
01423 724012
0777 592 5078
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Lynne Abbess

Partner, London
Real Estate, Private Practitioners, Practitioners
020 7484 7602
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Racquelle Morris

Partner, Manchester
Healthcare Litigation, Clinical Negligence
0161 234 2413