Performers list procedure
Our dedicated Primary Care team is vastly experienced and can handle all aspects of the management of performers and pharmaceutical lists and advising on the relationship between NHS commissioning organisations (including CCGs and NHS England) and doctors, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists. This ranges from advising on local procedures and investigations through to dealing with applications to join a relevant list and the grounds on which it can be refused, as well as suspension, applying conditions and ultimately removal of a practitioner.
We have a lot of experience of successfully supporting commissioning organisations through the appeal process before the First Tier Tribunal and we advise our clients on all stages of the investigatory process, including obtaining measurable evidence of poor performance, obtaining witness statements and supporting witnesses through what can often be a stressful process.
Our experience means we can advise commissioning organisations on how to use the contractual relationship with independent contractors in order to improve the quality of services that are provided. We are accustomed to dealing with matters such as:
- Local resolution
- Serving remedial and/or breach notices
- Terminating the contract in the event of a serious breach and advising on any resulting TUPE, premises and consultation issues
- Imposing contract penalties
We are also use to successfully representing commissioning organisations in hearings before the FHSAU and in the courts.
The frameworks governing different types of primary care contracts and their operation may require detailed scrutiny. We can provide the primary care expertise needed by NHS commissioning organisations when dealing with difficult performance, advising on how to use the contracts to address any concerns and thus ensuring the continuing provision of a high quality service to patients.
“They are very good, responsive, and they tailor their advice to the client's commercial needs.”