Healthcare Newsbrief: Winter edition now available

Welcome to the winter edition of Hempsons’ Healthcare newsbrief.

The winter period is always a busy one for the NHS and this year is no exception, as trusts attempt to continue to balance finances and demand for services.

Sustainability and Transformation plans (STPs) have the potential to significantly change local health and social care delivery. Hempsons launched their joint publication with NHS Providers, entitled ‘Governing for Transformation: STPs and Governance’, at the NHS Providers Annual Conference. This publication aims to provide practical guidance on governance for those concerned with the leadership and governance of STPs.

Jamie Foster, Simon Lee and Craig Dearden-Phillips examine the impact STPs could have on smaller providers of health and social care services, for example charities and social enterprises.

Crispin Pettifer looks at the increasing dependence of trusts on partnerships with the private sector to develop their estates, and the principles of Strategic Estates Partnerships (SEPs).

The Fit and Proper Person test has now been in place for two years, and Andrew Davidson examines its impact and how organisations can best deal with concerns when they arise.

Finally, we have a client spotlight on the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, who embarked on an exciting vertical integration project earlier in the year, bringing 23,000 patients under the trust’s care as it provides primary care services as a subcontractor to three GMS primary care practices.

Wherever you work in the NHS and whatever challenges you face, we hope you will find something of interest in this Newsbrief. If you want more information or to follow something up, please get in touch with our authors, call, tweet or email us.

 

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Full articles:

STPs, MCPs, PACS and you; Client spotlight: The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust; Strategic Estates Partnerships: investing in challenging times; NHS records retention guidance; The Fit and Proper Person test: two years on; A quick ‘heads up’