Christina Helden

What Christina can do for you

Christina joined Hempsons’ Health Care Advisory Team shortly after qualifying as a solicitor in 2013. Her practice focuses on advising NHS trusts, CCGs and charities on a broad range of issues relating to the Mental Capacity and Mental Health Acts, GDPR and the Data Protection Act, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, the Care Act (focusing on safeguarding vulnerable adults) and CQC compliance.

Christina has a great deal of experience in running urgent, complex serious medical treatment cases involving issues such as consent to treatment and withdrawal of treatment. She has a special interest in cases where parents refuse consent to their child’s medical treatment.

Christina assisted in King (A Child), Re [2014] EWHC 2964 (Fam). She successfully ran Re JM (A Child) [2015] EWHC 2832 (Fam) and JS (Disposal of Body) [2016] EWHC 2859 (Fam). Notably, in JS (Disposal of Body) Mr Justice Jackson observed in his final judgment: “The Trust, speaking through its solicitor, Ms Helden, has given outstanding assistance to the court.”

Christina also regularly provides advocacy at inquests, including jury inquests engaging Article 2 of the Human Rights Act.

Before commencing her role as a healthcare advisory solicitor at Hempsons Christina trained in a corporate firm where she gained experience in life sciences regulatory law, intellectual property law, litigation and corporate law. As a result, Christina is accustomed to providing practical, commercially driven advice in the public sphere.

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Health start-ups: Online prescribing is no panacea – the pitfalls and perils of prescribing medication online

This is a particularly complex area so it’s as well to know what is what. Interfaces (such as Amazon, E-bay and Uber) which utilise the internet, SMS and Apps to deliver goods and services, are popular because they save time – and savvy healthcare businesses realise that patients are no different. They view time taken to make doctors’ appointments and queuing at the surgery as wasted time. Such business are capitalising on this perception by creating interfaces which allow patients to obtain prescriptions remotely (on-line, by SMS or App).

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