Penningtons Solicitors LLP invests in employee health with Healix

Published Sunday, April 22, 2012

Solicitors firm seeks alternative healthcare solution

Top 100 law firm, Penningtons Solicitors LLP, has chosen a Healix Healthcare Trust to deliver nurse-led healthcare support to its 71 partners and 282 employees at its City of London, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Godalming and Guildford offices.

One of the UK's most respected commercial and private client law firms, with a forward-thinking approach to services for businesses and individuals, Penningtons places a strong emphasis on team work.  In particular its benefits strategy is driven by a desire to provide a highly flexible and attractive package of benefits and healthcare for employees.  Its selection of Healix for a Healthcare Trust reflects this focus.

"We were extremely impressed with the flexibility and nurse-led case management that Healix offered", said Tim Wright, Finance Director at Penningtons Solicitors LLP. "We were seeking an alternative healthcare solution that would provide real cost containment for the practice over the long term, but also have the ability to be flexible around the benefits provided to our partners and employees."

"Healix has met all our requirements with an immense level of flexibility whilst also delivering an effective claims service. In particular, the nurse-led claims management was a key feature for Penningtons in gaining greater efficiencies for employees seeking the most appropriate treatment plan, and giving the firm the confidence that its members receive the best treatment possible."

A healthcare trust allows employers to set their own rules, providing a high level of control on costs as well as ensuring employees are appropriately covered. Healthcare Trusts are a recognised alternative to traditional PMI schemes and the level of control that they offer has made them increasingly popular among businesses.  Healthcare Trusts also have particular appeal for law practices as Richard Saunders, Sales Director, Healix Healthcare Services explained:

"We already work with other Limited Liability Partnerships that have recognised the flexibility of Healthcare Trusts.  In particular the P11D savings advantages of a Healthcare Trust are very attractive and, combined with our unique approach to case management, mean we can give Penningtons the confidence that claims costs are kept under constant control."

Reinforcing this point, Tim Wright concludes: "Penningtons chose a Healthcare Trust to facilitate the need for real cost containment over the long term and to allow us to keep the balance of any under-spend within the scheme.  But just as importantly, our employees find it helpful to be able to speak to the clinically trained staff at Healix throughout their claim, knowing that the nurses will ensure they receive the most appropriate treatment for their needs."


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