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A wide-ranging report from the Health and Social Care Committee on the treatment and care of autistic people and those with learning disabilities has found that a lack of adequate community provision has led to many experiencing unnecessary admissions to inpatient facilities. Assessment and Treatment Units, where the average length... Continue reading
The Government published its consultation on the Building Safety Levy on 21 July and follows earlier proposals on a 'cladding levy'. The consultation is based on the levy applying "to developments in England seeking building control approval from the Building Safety Regulator, unless otherwise excluded. The proposed new regime applies... Continue reading
Last week (22 July 2021) Regulations were laid before Parliament following the House of Lords' approval of the draft Regulations making it mandatory for anyone working in a CQC registered care home to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus, unless subject to a medical exemption. The Regulations come into force on... Continue reading
We now have the Government’s response to the consultation on Reforming the Mental Health Act. In summary they note broad support. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Robert Buckland, Secretary of State for Justice explain in the foreword how these are once in a generation... Continue reading
Primary care specialist, Rob Day explores the impact that the proposed new Health and Care Bill may have on primary care in the first of a series of articles on the Bill. You can read Rob's article here. He explains that there are some real potential gems particularly around premises... Continue reading
Earlier this week (13 July 2021) saw ministers vote to approve by 319 votes to 246 the draft Regulations (Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021) to back plans for care home staff to be double vaccinated against Covid-19. The Health Secretary pressed ahead with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The decision in AA v GA and An NHS Clinical Commissioning Group concerns a section 21A challenge to a standard authorisation of GA’s deprivation of liberty at her existing placement – an issue that is often argued in the Court of Protection. The hearing took place in December 2020 but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
A Department for Education consultation ,published this month, proposes changes to Ofsted inspection cycles for children’s homes and other children’s social care providers. The changes proposed would be effective from 1 October 2021. The frequency with which Ofsted has a duty to inspect children’s homes and other providers are set... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Last week, the Department of Health and Social Care published new guidance on hospital discharge and community support. It aims to support the safe and timely discharge of people from hospital to the most appropriate place and ensure that people continue to receive the care and support they need after... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The Government's new Health and Care Bill is the first major piece of primary legislation since the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It builds on the proposals for reform made in NHS England’s Long Term Plan to make the NHS less bureaucratic, more accountable and more integrated, particularly in... Continue reading
As the UK begins its walk towards Freedom Day, more business as usual is returning to the House of Commons. 1 July saw a long awaited debate in the House about Retirement Communities and Villages - focusing on how they have weathered the Covid-19 storm and horizon scanning for their... Continue reading
Following the Grenfell disaster in June 2017, many of those with an interest in multi-storey, multi-occupied, residential buildings over 18 metres in height have been carrying out investigations on their buildings to ascertain if, from a fire safety perspective, they were built in accordance with the Building Regulations in force... Continue reading
Rebecca Pallot walks through the key points from NHS England and NHS Improvement’s recently published guidance document on supporting the NHS workforce throughout the development and transition towards statutory Integrated Care Systems. You can read her article here. Continue reading
A contract notice worth £10 billion to provide services at community diagnostic hubs has been published by NHS England and NHS Improvement. Providers interested in tendering must express an interest by 20 July 2021. The announcement follows a review by Professor Sir Mike Richards of diagnostic services as part of... Continue reading
The CQC has published the Emerging Concerns Protocol developed under the governance of the Health and Social Care Regulators' Forum. The Protocol aims to provide a process for health and social care regulators to share information that may indicate risks to people using services, their carers, families or professionals. It... Continue reading
Last month saw the regulator announce changes to how it regulates services before rolling these out across services from July. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, routine inspections were suspended in March 2020 and since then, the regulator has been adapting to this with a mix of on-site and off-site... Continue reading
The strategy called Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data sets out the Secretary of State’s vision for how data will be used to improve the health and care of the population in a ‘safe, trusted and transparent’ way. The strategy marks the next steps of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The LPS policy team at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published on 25 June 2021 an update on current developments. In this blog, we look at what’s new. LPS implementation support programmes The DHSC has established two English implementation support programmes as follows: Local Government Implementation Support... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Earlier this month the Law Commission published a discussion paper and launched a consultation on corporate criminal liability. The Commission is seeking views on whether, and how, the law relating to corporate criminal liability can be improved so that they appropriately capture and punish criminal offences committed by corporations, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Health leaders can breathe a sigh of relief as EU Member states have voted to approve the adequacy decision on the UK data protection regime which provides legal certainty for patients and the sector. The EU has adopted final versions of the two adequacy decisions that were issued in draft... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
In a recent decision of the Court of Protection, Mrs Justice Lieven has expressed the court’s frustration with last minute applications - in this case for a caesarean section – and stressed the need for them to be made significantly earlier in the process than seems to be happening currently.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The publication of NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Design Framework for Integrated Care Systems ahead of draft legislation, sets out minimum standards and expectations, and a timetable for development over the course of the transition period in 2021/22 and before ICSs become statutory bodies in April 2022. For commentary on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Two recent cases from the Employment Appeal Tribunal illustrate some potential pitfalls when women with childcare responsibilities are asked to move away from fixed working hours. In order to establish a claim for indirect sex discrimination in these circumstances, the claimant needs to establish two things: That the employer has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The Mills & Reeve procurement team are delivering a webinar with Public Health England on 6 July at 12 noon to provide an overview of the call-off terms and conditions, including the ordering process under the new National Microbiology Framework. In particular, this webinar will cover: Introduction and overview of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
The Divisional Court, which included the Chief Coroner have recently considered an important case involving the application of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the scope of the positive operational and the enhanced investigative Article 2 duties in R (Morahan) v Assistant Coroner for West London.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update