Joint Venture & Partnering
Our healthcare team has played a major role in facilitating the substantial investment that has gone into renewing the physical infrastructure of the NHS. Traditionally, this has been done with the use of various partnering models such as the Private Finance Initiative and other types of Public Private Partnerships.
Within our group we are at the forefront of developing new ways for the public sector and the independent sector to work together in the health service arena. The "Guide to Strategic Partnering in the NHS" was written by our firm and demonstrates our understanding and experience of the different ways of structuring partnerships between the public and independent sectors.
We can advise on all considerations to help you make a decision whether a contractual joint venture (a direct contract between the NHS body and the independent sector partner) or a corporate joint venture (where a JV company is established and both parties contract with that JV company and hold shares in it) is better for your proposed partnership, explaining the advantages and disadvantages to the structures and arming you with the information to form a successful partnership.
What can the public sector do?
In any NHS partnering arrangement there will be vires issues to consider and we are well placed to advise you about this. Our firm has a sound understanding of these issues having acted for many NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts as well as the Department of Health itself and we have a strong regulatory team whose role it is to advise on these issues.
We have advised the following clients:
- Many NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts
- Department of Health
- Private Sector Providers on PFI / PPP Projects
- Independent sector healthcare providers
- Equipment and Services Providers
- Medical Device Manufacturers
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Biotechnology and Research Companies