- Corporate commercial
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Robert is an associate in the corporate commercial team who specialises in advising primary and community care providers.
He has a history of working in-house within the NHS including at a community trust, a large-scale GP practice, and an urgent care provider, and has built a practice advising practitioners on developing working at scale services including GP federations, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and practice mergers.
This support has included advising on the formation and incorporation of new provider entities, the development of NHS contracts, advising on commissioner relationships, implementing corporate and clinical governance systems, and providing regular support to both shareholders and directors.
He has also worked with other clinicians and businesses looking to develop their relationships with the NHS. This has included ophthalmologists, physiotherapists and clinical pharmacists. This work has included support during procurement processes, advising on their structures and governance systems.
Robert enjoys working with people looking to implement innovative ideas and ways of working to improve the patient experience and to help sustainability of practices, including charities, social enterprises and med-tech solutions.
Main areas of expertise
- Primary Care Networks contracting, governance and incorporation
- Practice mergers and partnership deeds
- GP federations and collaborations
- Contracting for NHS service providers
- NHS collaborative working and joint ventures
Clients he works with
- GPs and GP practices
- Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
- GP federations
- Community and urgent care service providers
- Independent providers of health services to GPs
- Private providers
- APMG Better Business Cases Practitioner (2019)
- LLM (2009)
- LPC (2006)
- BA (Hons) Modern History, Economic History and Politics (2004)
- Law Society (2007)
Primary healthcare law experts Justin Cumberlege and Robert McCartney host our first podcast of the year, discussing what the new Provider Selection Regime means for primary healthcare providers.
Mounting pressures in general practice are leading to more disputes among partners. Ross Clark and Robert McCartney give some legal opinion on your options if it happens to you.
In April 2023 the NHS Business Services Authority (“NHSBSA”) amended the application process Primary Care Networks (“PCNs”) needed to use to secure pensions for their team members.
Social media is a complex issue in employment law. What are the rules for doctors and other professionals? Find out in our latest podcast, hosted by Robert McCartney and Rachel Levine.
Practices wishing to sub-contract their services to PCN companies or other groups of providers since October 2022 have had to use an NHS standard template. But many PCNs have yet to adopt this contract or adjust it to their local needs.
Associates Robert McCartney and Kirsty Odell host the latest episode of our primary care podcast, focusing on common traps in NHS primary care contracts.
Robert McCartney, a specialist primary healthcare corporate lawyer at Hempsons, suggests how PCNs should prepare now for the changes in the contracts in 2024.
Reviewing things now will help ensure Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have the framework and flexibility to evolve and develop to meet the demands of 2024, advise lawyers Justin Cumberlege and Robert McCartney. First published in AISMA’s Summer 2023 edition.
It may feel counter-intuitive, but independent practitioners wanting to grow their private practices should look at opportunities to secure contracts with the NHS. These are often time-limited and project-focused to help resolve issues. Robert McCartney gives a legal view on preparing for procurement opportunities.
You may no longer be eligible to offer access to the NHS pension for your team if you incorporated a company for your PCN which is a management organisation hosting ARRS and support teams for your members’ practices, and not a health care provider.