When a house is not a ‘home’

Apparently for the first time, the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 (‘the Regulations’) have been subject to judicial review in the High Court of Justice. In a widely reported decision made on 10 February 2014, Mr Justice Supperstone…

Early Conciliation; All you ever wanted to know

This month’s ENews focuses on Early Conciliation. Between 6 April and 5 May 2014, the scheme is optional, however it will become mandatory with effect from 6 May 2014. Several important changes to employment law were introduced earlier this month. Early…

Section 117 Aftercare Responsibilities

The introduction of clinical commissioning groups on 1 April 2013 has led to an alteration in the responsibility for section 117 aftercare. S117 Mental Health Act 1983 (“the Act”) concerns the aftercare of patients detained under s3, 37, 45A, 47 or…

The Defamation Act 2013

The Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 1st January 2014 and was intended by the Government to shift the balance between free speech and the right to protect reputation, in favour of free speech. In particular the Government wanted…

Responding to CQC Enforcement Action

Many health and social care providers will have noticed that CQC appear to be taking a tougher approach to regulation, and in particular, enforcement. For example, there has been a recent flurry of fixed penalty notices served on providers without…