Vertical Integration

Integration of care – in the home, community and at hospital

We acted for Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust (the Trust) on the integration of Croydon Community Health Services with the Trust.  Croydon Community Health Services was previously part of NHS Croydon. The transaction completed on 1 August 2010 following formal agreement from the Department of Health, NHS London and the Co-operation and Competition Panel.

I am delighted that this new integrated care organisation gives us a real opportunity to work even more closely with our health and social care partners. It also gives a chance for all health professionals to work together to take a more active role in improving the health and well-being of the people of Croydon…We have been very impressed with the expertise and efficiency of Hempsons in supporting the Trust through the legal process.

Trust Chief Executive

Vertical integration – community and secondary care providers working together

We acted for NHS Stockton-on-Tees and NHS Hartlepool on the transfer of their community health services to the local acute provider, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, in 2008.  The transaction involved 856 staff working from nearly 40 sites to provide health services such as district nursing, school nursing, podiatry and speech and language therapy.

This was the first TCS transfer in the NHS. It was necessary to work up a legal framework for contestability, to put in place a detailed due diligence process, and to negotiate arrangements for the transfer or retention and licensing of assets that included human resources, premises and intellectual property. 

All partners have demonstrated a courageous approach towards developing this future model which will bring together healthcare services across a range of settings.

PCT Chief Executive

Vertical integration – community and mental health providers working together

We acted for NHS Barking and Dagenham involving the transfer of the PCT’s community based healthcare services to a local mental health provider, North East London NHS Foundation Trust, in 2009. The transaction was the first of its kind in London and the South East. It was also the first to be assessed and approved by the Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP).

This transfer will allow us to concentrate on commissioning the best quality services for local people and to develop our strategic planning capabilities, including the introduction of greater patient choice and competition in community services.

PCT Chief Executive