Hempsons publishes legal guidelines for the formation of GP Super Partnerships
Hempsons, the largest specialist health and social care legal practice in the UK, has published a guide for GPs, partners and business managers in traditional practices, board members of GP federations and provider organisations on setting up a Super Partnership.
As primary care in its current form – typically small partnerships of up to six partners – becomes unsustainable under developing NHS models of care, Super Partnerships are emerging and evolving. These are mergers of primary care practices at a scale never seen before, the biggest of which is the Our Health Partnership in central Birmingham, which formed a Super Partnership of just under 40 practices and a patient population of nearly 300,000 in November 2015.
Partner Ross Clark, a specialist in the formation of Super Partnerships, GP provider organisations and federations, led the Hempsons team that provided an innovative and secure legal framework for the new partnership, designed to deliver benefits of scale while retaining autonomy at individual practice level.
Our Health Partnership is a pioneering Super Partnership venture that we are proud to have helped create. We already have similar projects in the pipeline and we look forward to advising many more of our primary care clients as they move to embrace new NHS models of care structures.
Recognising the need for more advice to direct practices considering the new model, Hempsons has published a guide that will help them understand the benefits, barriers and risks of a Super Partnership, the core principles that will need to be adopted, the key legal and commercial issues and how plans to form a Super Partnership can be brought to fruition.
The guide, which is available on request, includes an interview with Vish Ratnasuriya, Chair of the OHP Partnership Board, on the lessons he and his team learned when establishing their Super Partnership.