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Healthcare Conference 2022

ICAEW's annual Healthcare Conference provides finance professionals working in this specialist area with expert insight and knowledge. Recordings from the 2022 conference are available to watch now.

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Sessions will cover a range of practical and technical issues to keep you at the top of your field, enabling you to provide your clients with solutions to the challenges in this ever-changing sector.


Pensions continues to be a hot topic and we will be joined by Paula Peppas from the NHS Pensions Team.



Jonathan Main will provide an in-depth look at VAT cases and topical issues.


General practice

Professor James Kingsland OBE, our keynote speaker, will be looking at priorities for general practice.



Chairman’s welcome and introduction
Mark Skellum, Chair, ICAEW Healthcare Community
Keynote: Where is General Practice in the light of COVID-19, what has it learned and where is it going.
The pandemic has unerringly uncovered weaknesses in the NHS in particular the cessation of regular care for those with relatively stable long-term conditions. The NHS for its very sustainability needs general practice which it in turn has been given a lead role in the national policy of Primary Care Networks. Can general practice and the NHS grasp this opportunity? Professor David Colin-Thome
Banking update
Banking has changed significantly in recent years with far more competition and regulation. There are now more loan options available but significant differences in lending appetite, how banks will assess a proposition and how they will charge. Ian Crompton, PrimaryCare Finance Consultancy Ltd, will look at some of the issues and things to consider when supporting your clients.
Refreshment break
IR35 update
Deborah Wood, Partner, Healthcare Services at MHA Moore & Smalley will discuss what healthcare sector clients need to know about the Employment Intermediaries Legislation, otherwise referred to as the IR35 regulations; covering both the post 6 April 2021 changes and where the previous rules are relevant.
Legal update
Oliver Pool, Partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards, will give a legal update on the GP sector focusing on recent developments and changes. He will discuss how changes in practices' ability to recruit in 2020 led to a change in attitudes towards "last man standing" clauses. This has led to an increase in expulsions under the "green socks" clause - such clauses are coming under pressure - do they still work?


PCN accounting update
Sally Sidaway, Accounting and Financial Reporting Director, RMS UK Tax and Accounting Ltd and Lisa Pennington, Director, Healthcare Services, Moore and Smalley
Refreshment break
Annual allowances update
Pension regulation and pension tax legislation have not stood still for a number of years and 2020 and 2021 are no different. David Walker, Senior Tax Manager, Moore & Smalley, will address the implications of the McCloud discrimination case for advisers and their clients finishing with a brief word about what the judges are doing next.
NHS Pensions
Ross Mathieson, Technical Manager, NHS Pensions and Paula Peppas, Technical Manager, NHS Pensions
Q&A session
Ross Mathieson, Technical Manager, NHS Pensions; Paula Peppas, Technical Manager, NHS Pensions; and David Walker, Senior Tax Manager, Moore & Smalley
Chairman's closing remarks
Mark Skellum, Chair, ICAEW Healthcare Community
Event close

Our speakers

Mark Skellum
Mark Skellum Chair, ICAEW Healthcare Community

Mark is Partner and CFO at Ballards LLP. He is also Head of the specialist Healthcare offering in which he works with a number of private consultants and GP surgeries as well as larger corporate healthcare entities. Mark is widely recognised as one of the region’s leading authorities on accountancy within the medical sector.

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Claire Hebdige Tax Manager, Dodd & Co

Claire is qualified both as a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). She is the subject matter expert for the ICAEW Healthcare Community. Claire is responsible for professional partnerships, particularly the medical and dental professions, and has extensive knowledge of the NHS pension scheme and in particular the annual allowance calculations and lifetime allowance calculations.

James Kingsland
Professor James Kingsland OBE

James is a primary care physician and clinical professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire. His time is now split between teaching, broadcasting, writing and national clinical leadership roles. He co-created the principles for the development of Primary Care Networks in England and has now built on this work creating a national programme to address health inequalities.

Katie Collin
Katie Collin Partner, Ramsay Brown

Katie is a Partner at Ramsay Brown, dealing with technical accounting and superannuation issues, and specialising in corporate matters within the medical sector. She also focuses on financial issues surrounding PCNs, including VAT, financial governance and liability management. Katie was selected as the leading accountant under 30 to represent the Institute internationally at One Young World in 2016.

Jonathan Main
Jonathan Main VAT and Indirect Taxes Partner, MHA Moore & Smalley

Jonathan joined MHA Moore and Smalley as a Partner in 2018. He has been co-opted to the board of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA) to provide specialist VAT advice in relation to primary care networks. In that role, Jonathan has presented to HMRC Policy, the BMA and NHS England.

Oliver Pool
Oliver Pool GP Partnership Agreement Solicitor, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP

Oliver has been acting for GPs practices since 2005 and has been involved in drawing up or amending over 500 GP partnership deeds. He advises GP practices and helps with all aspects of the partnership relationship, from putting in place the GP partnership deed, to advising you on its terms, to dealing with disputes between partners.

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James Gransby Partner, RSM

James has worked in the sector for over two decades and holds the role of Vice Chair of The Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants, whose members act for almost half of all GPs in the country. James spends his time working with doctors and GP practices and writes for national publications on topical matters affecting GPs.

Elliot Singer
Dr Elliot Singer GP partner in East London and Medical Director for Londonwide LMCs

Elliot is a GPwSI in minor surgery, and a GP trainer. Elliott’s LMC role includes working with LMCs in Northeast London, assisting individual GPs and practices, as part of the GP support team and is the Londonwide LMC lead on technology and digital. Additional roles include being the Deputy Chair of the England conference of LMCs and a medical referee for the British Board of Boxing Control.

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Paula Peppas Senior Technical Consultant, NHS Pensions

Paula has extensive knowledge of both NHS Pension Schemes as well as overarching pensions legislation. She worked on the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme implementation project and was the technical lead on annual allowance and scheme pays. Since October 2019, Paula has been seconded four days a week to the Department of Health and Social Care as a Senior Pensions Policy Manager, predominantly working on the McCloud.

Sally Sidaway
Sally Sidaway Client Director, Morris Crocker

Sally works within the Medical Team at Morris Crocker and has more than 23 years’ experience advising GP’s and other medical businesses in all aspects of their financial affairs including partnership accounts, tax planning advice, superannuation and tax aspects of the NHS pension scheme.


As always, informative and relevant - speakers always bring a wealth of practical experience.

Delegate Healthcare Conference 2021

Great event, very helpful and thought provoking. Highlights the struggles we have with the events in recent years and how best to approach this.

Delegate Healthcare Conference 2021

All speakers were excellent and the topics well chosen.

Delegate Healthcare Conference 2021

A very well organised and interest update.

Delegate Healthcare Conference 2021


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