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White Paper on reform of mental health law

Back in October 2017 the then Prime Minister Theresa May announced a review of the Mental Health Act chaired by Prof Simon Wessely. That review reported in December 2018 and the Queen’s speech in 2020 reiterated the Government’s commitment to…

Major Reform of the Mental Health Act

The White Paper ‘Reforming the Mental Health Act’ as promised by the Government was published today. Announcing its launch, the press release confirms that the White Paper sets out the path towards the Government’s commitment to introduce the first new…

Visiting care homes in lockdown

As we enter the third national lockdown announced on Monday 4 January 2021 there is a sense of déjà vu about life under the toughest restrictions and a real feeling of loss where some have had a taste of social…

Health and Care sector fines update

Previous briefings have commented on the level of fines imposed on care home providers in proceedings taken either by the CQC or the HSE. Some recent cases provide additional guidance: A care home operated by the Catholic Church in Dundee was fined…

Care in Lockdown 2

New Regulations and guidance regarding care home visits are in place governing the arrangements for lockdown 2. The key issues are set out below. Can visitors or residents go out during lockdown? As providers will be aware, leaving home without reasonable excuse…

CQC Transitional Regulatory Approach

CQC has announced how it will approach inspections as they resume from September. It aims to contact every social care provider by March. During the period of the pandemic CQC has focused on its Emergency Support Framework (“ESF”). However from September…

How to get the best out of a CQC inspection

CQC has recently published guidance on “How to get the most out of inspection”. This includes commentary on what good inspection looks and feels like. The guidance has been put together involving several relevant stakeholders such as Care England and the…

Covid-19 – care home visiting

The Government has today, 22 July 2020, published guidance on visits to care homes. This had been anticipated for some time, but in view of the delay, previous guidance had been issued by the Care Providers Association (“CPA”). The guidance has…