Your changing market
The first half of this decade was the heyday of the PFI - brand-new hospitals and health facilities were built all over the UK, paid for by the private sector and guaranteed by the NHS, in a national building programme valued at over £11bn. Since then, the economy has dipped and other models have arisen. Developers and medical professionals worked together to upgrade GP health centres under LIFT, while the Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTC) programme saw the private sector both building and running health facilities.
Localised decision-making is the current government ethos. The trend is towards cost saving, public-sector reorganisation, the abolition of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary care Trusts, and new commissioning and delivery patterns, with a new role for the private sector.
The UK's strong and fast-growing life sciences market (for example, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry) has a key role to play in the changing landscape of healthcare, including drug discovery, and the provision of a strong academic base and support for research and development.
What is certain, however, is that the dynamic nature of healthcare will continue to give rise to opportunities and challenges – for both the public and the private sector.
Exceeding your potential
We will help you succeed by working closely with opinion-formers and key players, shaping ideas, seconding people, merging key functions. Behind it all is up-to-the-minute industry knowledge and an awareness of policy issues and commercial drivers. To help our clients make the most of emerging opportunities, we watch the market like hawks, talk to key players, hold workshops, and put our transactional skills and vast experience in other areas of law to good use.
This is the spirit of partnership. Between you and us. Between the public and private sectors. Between you and other key stakeholders we introduce you to. With every decision, mutual benefit is the key. With our help, you will be able to respond to change, anticipate future developments and be ready to maximise opportunities as they arise.
Expertise you can count on
Our national, cross-disciplinary healthcare team continues to broaden and deepen its expertise, led by partners Mike O’Connor and Sandra Humphrey. As well as in-depth knowledge and hands-on expertise across virtually every area of healthcare, our team of over 40 lawyers can also deliver incisive advice on procurement, project finance, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, disposals, construction, litigation, Care Quality Commission matters, health and safety, employment and pensions. It's a wide-ranging, specialist approach that enables us to create practical solutions to address your highly specific issues.
If you're a developer, a clinical service provider, or an advisor looking to develop your business in the healthcare sector; or if you’re a public sector organisation considering how best to protect and, at the same time, optimise your position in a rapidly changing environment, you couldn't be in better hands.
So, join major healthcare organisations like Assura, BUPA, Department of Health, Lloyds Pharmacy, Mouchel, NHS Business Services Authority, Norwich Union, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and Simply Health and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust and find out how our in-depth expertise can help you face the future with confidence.