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What is ‘Advice’ and what is its significance?

This article is part of our series about the Fitness to Practise investigations process. When a fitness to practise investigation is closed at the filtering stage, without the need for referral to a full fitness to practise hearing, it is relatively…

Planning for a life less Covid

The UK vaccination programme has been rolled out with a great deal of success and the Government has announced that it has been offered to all care homes. One might seek to criticise the Government for some things, but they…

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…

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…

CQC Briefing: Is your service a closed culture?

On 1 November 2019, CQC issued guidance for inspectors and Mental Health Act reviewers on the risk factors involved with closed environments. This followed on from the Panorama program about Whorlton Hall in May 2019 and the earlier issues arising…

A new form of Inquest?

The current pandemic has severely disrupted the vast majority of legal proceedings across the U.K and Inquests are no exception. On 11 June 2020, the Chief Coroner of England and Wales, HHJ Mark Lucraft QC issued new guidance, Guidance No…