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CQC have been busily producing reports. Three have landed quite recently: State of Care (you can read our earlier blog here for a summary of the key points) How are people’s mental health needs met in acute hospitals and how can this be improved Mental health rehabilitation inpatient services Mental... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
CQC published their annual assessment of health care and adult social care in England the State of Care 2019/20 earlier this month. It is divided into four chapters: Quality of care before the pandemic The impact of the coronavirus pandemic Collaboration between providers Looking forward, the challenges and opportunities ahead... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Members of the employment health and care team share their experience of four key topics relating to the future of work in the NHS: Establishing the framework to facilitate flexibility (Jog Hundle) Remote hearings: opportunities and pitfalls (Rebecca Harker-Smith) Returning to the workplace: the limits to consensus (Danni Belbin) Progressing... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Earlier this month the Department of Health and Social Care asked the CQQ to review how Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions were used during wave one of the pandemic. The review is expected to look at people’s experiences in care homes, primary care and hospitals. It builds on... Continue reading
With construction methods evolving and moving away from the tradition of projects being constructed entirely (or largely) on site, what additional risks do the parties need to consider and how can these be conquered? One of the biggest risks is the fact that a modular build will usually mean that... Continue reading
Earlier this month, CQC published revised guidance on its policy approach to regulating providers supporting autistic people and people with a learning disability. Right support, right care, right culture is the new updated version of Registering the right support. Since its publication in 2017, the policy landscape has continued to... Continue reading
On Wednesday I was able to attend a Patient Safety Conference (albeit virtually) at which Keith Conradi, Chief Investigator at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch was speaking. As readers will know their purpose is to improve patient safety through effective and independent investigations that do not apportion blame or liability.... Continue reading
Entanglement no more. We have further clarity on both section 48 and the operation of section 21A procedure. In a decision last month, the CoP provides a welcome steer on these various sections within the MCA. This will be of interest to those working in the field of health and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
As readers will be aware, Never Events are serious patient safety incidents that are wholly preventable. The Private Healthcare Information Network has, for the first time, released a comprehensive dataset of incidents involving privately funded patients in the UK. With this dataset readers are able to access information about the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Regulations implementing the £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments were made on 14 October and take effect on 4 November. The Regulations apply to most public sector organisations (including NHS bodies, local authorities and Central Government) as well as some arms-length bodies and cultural institutions. The full list of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
In the third of a series of three blogs on the importance of learning, Jill Mason explores the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman's recent report. Whilst adjusting to the new operational realities caused by Covid-19 the ombudsman, Michael King urges readers in their Annual Review of Adult Social Care... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
In the second of a series of three blogs on the importance of learning, Jill Mason explores the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's recent reports. Their annual Casework report is only a small cross section of the cases they completed in 2019 but the reason they selected the cases featured... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
In the first of a series of three blogs on the importance of learning, Jill Mason explores the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch's recent reports. In 2019/20 the Annual Report reveals that HSIB published 15 national reports (see list on page 24) and addressed 58 recommendations to 26 organisations and made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Reports on this subject have been coming thick and fast in 2020! There have been various publications by both the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO). HSIB recently published their annual report (their third) and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
There was a flurry of publications last month in respect of the social care sector. The Social Care Sector Covid-19 Support Taskforce published its final report, advice and recommendations. It was chaired by David Pearson, CBE and had eight advisory groups working from mid-June to end of August 2020. It... Continue reading
Central government bodies and NHS Trusts should note the publication last week of PPN 06/20 which sets out new requirements to take into account social value when assessing tenders. It represents a firming up of the Government’s policy drive to use public procurement as a vehicle through which to foster... Continue reading
The King’s Fund and Centre for Mental Health published a paper on mental health and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) entitled Understanding the Opportunities. It starts with ten key messages about mental health and primary care and goes on to list nine principles for primary care mental health services: Meetings people’s... Continue reading
The regulator’s first prosecution of an NHS Trust for breach of the duty of candour is a reminder to health providers – both health service bodies and other registered providers that the CQC “will not hesitate to take action” when providers fail to be open and transparent with patients or... Continue reading
The second Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) update was published by the Department of Health and Social Care on 28 September. You can view it here. It sets out a timetable for development and implementation of the LPS. The key points are as follows: To ensure the principles of the Mental... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
When can we expect the Government’s White Paper on reforming the Mental Health Act 1983? In answer to a written question, Ms Nadine Dorries, Minister of State for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health confirmed that the Government has committed to publish a White Paper which will set out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Our international head of IT, Jagvinder Singh Kang will be hosting a repeat webinar for those people who were unable to attend our earlier event in July on 30 September. Jagvinder explains that this will be a concise GDPR webinar on international personal data transfers highlighting details of practical steps... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
In this month’s report, the Care Quality Commission focus on infection prevention and control (IPC) in different health and care settings and the ways services across 11 regions have collaborated in response to the coronavirus. This report also coincides with the CQC’s statement on how they will regulate services during... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
A recent decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman will be of interest to commissioners involved in making decisions concerning couples who are separated by their care needs and adult social care providers. In this case, the council involved was found at fault for failing to assess the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
Is it a well-run clinical commissioning group that achieves its objectives as a minimum? Understanding CCG corporate governance requires understanding what a CCG can (and must) do; how it works (the procedures and processes bit); how the Governing Body fits into that and lastly, understanding the special rules that apply... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update
A recent Court of Protection decision considers whether a patient (P) detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and discharged under a section 7 guardianship order to a supported living placement was deprived of their liberty under Article 5 of European Convention on Human Rights. P was a 36 year... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at Mills & Reeve: Health and Care Update