Publisher:Legal Action Group
Page count:1200
NHS Law and Practice
FormatBundle (print + eBook)
Description: NHS Law and Practice
NOTE: Publishes October 2024
'With the ever changing landscape of health legislation, the first edition of NHS Law & Practice was a welcome and much used resource. I am delighted to see the expanded second edition coming on stream. It is a comprehensive text that will be of enormous benefit to healthcare practitioners.' Dawn Brathwaite, Mills & Reeve LLP
'The first edition of NHS Law & Practice provided an easily digestible and user friendly text; it has been the place first any lawyer has looked when providing advice to NHS organisations. The breadth of experience of the team creating the text is evident in the clarity with which topics are presented and articulated. The second edition will be invaluable in ensuring that we, as an NHS organisation, can understand how the law has changed and provide the best advice to our clients. NHS Law and Practice is the first book I would recommend, without question, to anyone working in healthcare law.' Abigail Combes, NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB
'The first edition of NHS Law & Practice has been the ‘go to’ source of legal knowledge for any lawyer focussing upon the NHS for a number of years, so the BMA’s legal team welcome the publication of this second edition to ensure our knowledge remains up to date.' Gareth Williams, Director of Legal Services, BMA
Although the National Health Service is perhaps the most important public service provided by the British state, its complex structures can make it the most difficult public service to understand. There is no single public body called the ‘National Health Service’ and no single legal regime that governs how NHS bodies should operate. Instead, the NHS is made up of a complex network of public bodies that operate as commissioners of NHS services who contract with NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts, private businesses and charities that all provide medical, dental and other services to NHS patients. The NHS ‘managed market’ is overseen by both economic and care quality regulators. The rules under which commissioners, providers and regulators operate are both inaccessible and of such complexity that they can be impenetrable for even the most specialist lawyers.
NHS Law and Practice 2ed describes the large and complex legal structures of the modern NHS. It explains the legal relationships between NHS commissioners and primary care, community and acute providers of NHS services, as well as explaining the structure of NHS regulation. This book provides a detailed guide to enforcing patients’ legal rights around NHS Continuing Healthcare, patient choice and the rules around NHS personal budgets.
Contents include:
Introduction to legal structures of the NHS
The purpose and effect of the NHS Constitution
The powers and duties of the secretary of state
The powers and duties of NHS England
Integrated Care Boards (ICBs)
Public health
NHS provider trusts and Special Health Authorities
Regulation of NHS bodies
Commissioning NHS services
Acute care contracting
Primary care contracting
Patient choice
The responsible commissioner
Direct payments and personal health budgets
Who can access NHS care: overseas visitors
NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care
Continuing care for children
Reconfiguration of NHS providers
GP practice management
Community dental services
Complaints and the Health Service Commissioner
The impact of procurement law in the NHS
Medicines and medicinal products within the NHS
Planning and the NHS
Edited and written by a team of specialist lawyers whose involvement with NHS law and many of the leading cases over decades has given them unrivalled expertise in NHS and healthcare law. This book will be an essential text for anyone who needs to understand how the legal structures of the NHS currently operate and how they should operate.

About the author

Description: David Lock KC - author
David Lock KC practises from Landmark Chambers
Description: Leon Glenister Author
Leon Glenister is well-established as a leading barrister at the UK Bar, practising across public, planning and environmental law at Landmark...
Description: Hannah Gibbs - author
Hannah is a barrister at Landmark Chambers