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Are you Fit?

Although there have been regulations in place for some time requiring providers of healthcare services regulated by CQC to be “fit” to do so, it has been clear for some time that these requirements are to be strengthened. Draft regulations…

Safeguarding and the Court of Protection

The use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards has been the topic of much discussion since the decision in the Cheshire West1. Whenever a provider is in doubt about whether there has been a deprivation of liberty, they would be well…

Assessing the need for a DOLs Authorisation

The dust has now settled a bit on the Cheshire West decision. Numerous DOLs authorisations have been sought and many local authority DOLs teams are struggling with the number of these. CQC have said that they will be reviewing providers’ approach…