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Social Work England, the new specialist regulator was launched on 2 December 2019, replacing the Health and Care Professions Council, the regulator since 2012. The new regulator will take over the regulation of England’s 100,000 plus social workers. It will be responsible for registering all social workers, setting professional, education... Continue reading
ICO provides further detailed guidance for data protection officers on special categories of personal data The Information Commissioner’s Office last month published new detailed guidance on processing special category data. So, if you need a “deeper” understanding of the conditions for processing special category data – then, this guide is... Continue reading
Prevention of future death report: coroner writes to NICE over lack of guidance on co-prescribing guidance for amitriptyline and oxycodone The Senior Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton has written to NICE in a prevention of future deaths report outlining concerns about the lack of guidance when co-prescribing these two drugs.... Continue reading
In JK v A Local Health Board, the Family Division of the High Court recently provided some useful narrative on the approach to be taken when considering the force-feeding of capacitous patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act and more generally on the use of section 63 MHA... Continue reading
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that a NHS Trust was in breach of its duty to make reasonable adjustments when it failed to adjust its sickness absence management policy for an employee suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. The Trust’s policy had four incremental stages, in each case triggered by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The Crown Commercial Service has published an updated version of its short form terms and conditions to be used for lower value contracts. This is intended to be a light touch set of Ts and Cs for general goods and services contracts with a value below the procurement thresholds set... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
With apologies to the ‘Pass Notes’ section of a well known national newspaper this blog is a short but informative (we hope) summary of (nearly) everything you need to know about Confidentiality Rings. Why? We won, my competitor has no right to see my competitive advantage…it’s genius, brilliant and innovative…... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Mills & Reeve’s Health Procurement Portal is coming in 2020. To mark the launch we’re offering an early bird discount to the first ten NHS organisations to sign up. Simply email Jenny Beresford-Jones to register your interest, quoting the promo code MRHPP2020 - and we’ll give you a 10 per... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The European Commission has published new procurement threshold values which will apply to contracts advertised on and after 1 January 2020. These are as follows and are net of VAT: Works Contracts £4,733,252 Supply and Service Contracts (central government) £122,976 Supply and Service Contracts (sub-central authorities) £189,330 Light Touch Regime... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The role of an NHS trust chair is unique – and fundamentally different from that of the chief executive. Many high profile reports from Sir Robert Francis, Sir Bruce Keogh and Professor Don Berwick have included commentary on leadership and the role of the chair and helped to shape a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
In a bid to support rehabilitation and avoid over-reliance on A&E services or unplanned emergency admissions to hospital, NHS England has issued a reminder to GP practices of their obligations under the standard GMS contract (Part 13) to register individuals as patients prior to their release from prison, young offender... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
All 2,250 patients with learning disabilities and autism who are inpatients in a mental health hospital will have their care reviewed over the next 12 months, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced. As part of the review, each patient will be provided with a date for discharge,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
NHS Chief People Officer, Prerana Issar, has this month sent a letter to all healthcare professional bodies and regulatory bodies asking them to undertake a review of their guidance and standards that relate to the management and conduct of local investigations and disciplinary procedures – a wider recommendation made by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Duncan Lawrence, the clinical lead and consultant at Lancaster Lodge, a specialist care home for people with mental health problems, has been convicted and sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for failing to provide evidence at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court. Lawrence’s conviction relates to his failure to attend an inquest and provide... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The CQC has published new supporting information for hospital and social care inspectors about how to identify and respond to ‘closed cultures’ in health and social care settings. The regulator says that when a service has a ‘closed culture’, people are more at risk of abuse and human rights breaches.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
A general election will be held on 12 December. During Purdah – the period preceding the general election and the formation of a new government - public sector bodies, including NHS bodies, must take care to observe the restrictions that are imposed upon them in an effort to ensure public... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
AI Lab promises real opportunities for both health providers and technology developers. The Government’s recently established national agency for digital transformation, NHSX, has published a major new report, Artificial Intelligence: How to get it right. Putting policy into practice for safe data driven innovation in health and care. This follows... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Concerns were raised earlier this year in The Telegraph newspaper that children were being abused by their parents in residential family assessment centres. Families are placed in these centres when there are serious concerns regarding their parenting skills. They are monitored by 24 hour CCTV and the placement helps provide... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Is that a digital recorder I can see in your pocket? What to do when faced with a patient or family member who wants to record your consultation or complaint review meeting? What happens if it’s done without your knowledge? Are clinicians exposed to risk? Do you have to accede... Continue reading
The introduction of the Health Service Safety Investigations Bill as announced in the Queen’s Speech had its second reading in the House of Lords last week. The legislation will establish an independent investigations body with the following aims: Establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) as an independent statutory... Continue reading
The Ombudsman, Sue McAllister, has called on the HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS), to work with the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) to look at the barriers to learning lessons from adverse incidents in prison whether they are structural, cultural or attributable to insufficient resources and make prisons safer... Continue reading
This warning follows an investigation by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch into the case of an elderly patient who was given two powerful blood thinning medications at the same time. Mrs Ann Midson took the anti-coagulant medication for two weeks post discharge from an acute Trust after the e-prescribing error... Continue reading
Hear the word ‘extension’ and chances are you automatically associate it with Brexit, these days. But Halloween 2019 saw what millenials would call a ‘retro’ use of the word, dating from a time when ‘sick’ wasn’t a compliment and ‘woke’ was a verb, as the Minister of State for Care,... Continue reading
It is hard to believe that it was back in December 2013 that Professor Sir Ian Kennedy published his report, Review of the Response of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to Concerns about Mr Ian Paterson’s Surgical Practice; Lessons to be Learned; and Recommendations. This was then followed in... Continue reading
For those doughty souls who haven’t yet given up the ghost on all matters Brexit, indeed who believe that all their yuletides have been foreshadowed at once with the tantalising prospect of a pre-Christmas general election to decide ‘whether-when-how’ we should Brexit under the current/in-waiting hegemony, the Department has rewarded... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update