Emergency services: Case Studies
Some of our recent work has included advice and assistance in relation to:
Advice on a collaborative procurement by a PCC working with a local authority to procure a private sector partner. The project included advice as to the powers of the PCC to participate in a joint venture to generate income; and to establish and involve in a joint venture company. We also advised on: managing and mitigating risk; the overarching collaborative arrangements; call of arrangements for the partners and other public sector bodies to benefit from works and services to be provided by a joint venture vehicle.
We advised the London Ambulance Service on the 7/7 London Bombings inquests, one of the biggest Inquests ever to take place in the UK which lasted more than six months. As well as calling over 50 LAS employees to give evidence, the coroner heard extensive evidence from families, passengers and other organisations involved with the emergency response.
We have worked with a number of ambulance trusts, developing contracts to enable them to deliver 111 emergency phone services.
Pension benefits for fire officers
We acted for the fire service in relation to a dispute over the entitlement to enhanced pension benefits for a fire officer forced to retire early following an injury at work. The dispute concerned the apportionment of the injury attributable to the accident at work and the fire service were successful in its argument that the officer was able to obtain work outside the fire service.
Healthcare in Custody
We have advised on the transfer of healthcare in custody powers from the police to NHS bodies and the impact on existing contract activity. We are also working with a number of police authorities and NHS England in relation to collaboratively commissioning these healthcare services.
Advice on the transfer of services to an integrated service unit and the application of ss22 and 23 of the Police Act 1996. As part of this we were asked to consider any procurement risks.
Advice and assistance in relation to procuring decontamination services, including reviewing the standard form contract used for such services and advice in relation to obtaining TUPE information from the incumbent provider. We also subsequently provided advice in relation to abandoning the procurement process.
Detention officer tender
Advice in relation to the procurement of civilian detention officer services including a review of the functions which can be exercised lawfully by civilian detention officers.