What can I do for you?
I am a commercial lawyer with 30 years’ experience and now specialise in commercial health matters advising NHS providers and commissioners and also independent and third sector healthcare organisations providing services to the NHS. As well as advising on a wide range of non-contentious commercial health matters, I can help you with policy and governance issues.
I have also been involved since the beginning of the NHS reforms in developing our expertise on clinical commissioning, advising emerging clinical commissioning groups on both governance and the commercial contract implications of the transition to clinical commissioning.
Supporting my clients’ objectives
One of the main reasons I enjoy my job so much is the tremendous variety and the diversity and challenge that this creates. For example, one day I may be advising a national NHS organisation on a multimillion-pound national procurement framework and the next advising an exceptional treatments panel as regards the procedures they should follow in deciding whether or not to fund treatment for an individual patient.
What do others say?
My aim is always to provide practical commercial advice and to guide my clients towards a robust and lawful decision or conclusion. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with my clients.
They seem to like me, too – the following are some examples of feedback I have received:
“I would just like to say how much I appreciate the elegance of the structure that you have proposed ... You have understood exactly what I had in mind and have translated it into a very practical format. I think our practices and other providers will really like the way this is constructed and the fact that it enables them to focus on the services to patients, rather than all the legal underpinnings.”
“Thank you very much for your outstanding support, I think we’ve all handled a very difficult situation with discipline and professionalism.”
“Julie has been absolutely terrific and I know I speak for the office when I say that the feedback has been very positive and she has fitted in so well to the team here. It hasn't yet sunk in that she will not be here on a regular basis now that the deal is done."
What else should you know?
In 2007 I was appointed as one of the independent Chairs of the East of England Strategic Health Authority’s NHS Continuing Healthcare Independent Review Panel where I served for two years. In this role I developed a nationally recognised expertise in NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) and related issues including eligibility, the application of the responsible commissioner rules and commissioning NHS CHC services for patients. I enjoyed the role immensely and it gave me a real insight into the problems faced by commissioners in complying with developing Department of Health policy in this area, while meeting the health needs of their patients.
For six months in 2011/12 I was lucky enough to be sent on a secondment to Virgin Care to project manage the legal aspects of the transfer to them of NHS community health services in Surrey. These services were described in around 60 separate service specifications and the five year services contract alone was worth £500 million. In addition the transaction also involved more than 50 properties, around 2,500 staff and approaching 150 separate collateral contracts. I really enjoyed working in-house and supporting Virgin Care's internal executive and management teams with all aspects of the transfer.
In the run up to March 2013 I worked with Virgin Care again, this time in relation to the transfer of Devon Integrated Children's Services. This was a ground breaking transaction involving the transfer of both health and social care services and it was very rewarding to be involved in a project that will lead to greater and improved integration of children's services in my home county of Devon.