Health and social care

With ever increasingly close collaboration between local authorities and CCGs and with health and social care law and practice constantly evolving, lawyers need to have an outcome-based approach to ensuring that the service users experience joined-up and seamless services. 

Sharpe Pritchard’s solicitors have experience in advising PCTs, CCGs, other NHS bodies as well as local authorities. A number of our lawyers have worked in-house in the public sector and specialised in health and social care services.

We are on both the NHS Legal Framework and the HealthTrust Europe Legal Services Framework Panel and regularly advise public sector bodies on the use of and application of standard conditions and call off contracts – both from the point of view of the purchasing organisation and the supplier – and also advise on the use of the Department of Health’s non-mandated conditions for public health contracts.

The services we can offer include:

  • assisting local authorities and CCGs in the transfer of public health functions and strategic reprocurement of the associated services;
  • advising on section 75 partnership agreements and other legal forms of collaboration between public bodies;
  • procurement of social care services, ranging from residential care, extra sheltered accommodation to the rehabilitation of offenders;
  • PFI or PPP projects including related finance, property, construction and employment law advice;
  • investigation of complaints; and
  • statutory consultation processes.

Recent work

  • outsourcing of 4 nursing homes and 2 residential care homes for Westminster City Council;
  • advising a group of 29 local authorities on a major pan-regional project to transform sexual health services, including the provision of an on-line portal;
  • assisting a number of local authorities in the transfer of public health functions and abolition of the PCTs following the bringing into force of the Health and Social Care Act 2012;
  • design and build of a residential care PFI for East Sussex County Council;
  • Ministry of Justice Rehabilitation of Offenders project;
  • acting for Gloucestershire County Council on the management of its social care contracts;
  • assisting a London borough in connection with all the property aspects of its social services PFI, including acquiring a site for its extra care sheltered housing accommodation;
  • numerous health and social care procurements including for domiciliary care, transport; mortuary agreement between a hospital trust and two local authorities; health visitor services; data sharing protocols; adult weight management; school nursing; drugs and alcohol (DARTS); Tier 4 detoxification; and independent mental health advocacy services;

Sharpe Pritchard also contributed to the social care PFI procurement pack and advised on the first procurement that used it.


What others say

“We have found you to be a great support, expert and knowledgeable and we feel we are in safe hands! We have particularly appreciated the way in which you have consistently made yourself available and your never ending patience and adaptability in the face of short deadlines” Senior legal representative of central government department.

“The programme would not have worked as well or delivered results so quickly without your valuable contributions” Hertfordshire County Council

“Fantastic personalised service; really helpful” Local authority client.

"Many thanks for all the work you have put in on the documentation set over recent months and for putting up with our amendments and queries as well as discussions about the evaluation methodology." Public sector client


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