Checklist: COVID-19 treatment and commissioning decisions
We have prepared checklists for health and social care professionals to consider when planning care pathways with patients and families, covering Best Interests, the use of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Decisions refusing treatment.
We have compiled these FAQs for organisations in the healthcare, social care and emergency services sectors regarding how Coroners are approaching inquests in the current climate and how demands on organisations and their professional witnesses can best be managed, available here.
The coronavirus pandemic poses significant workforce issues for public service organisations regarding the services they provide and the risks to staff. A number of organisations have drafted COVID-19 HR policies and have created a list of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) we have received in relation to these policies and communications with staff generally, available here.
Government delays implementation of IR35 reforms
In an attempt to protect businesses who are struggling in the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced that it is to delay the implementation of the changes to the off-payroll working legislation commonly known as IR35. These changes were due to be introduced on 6 April 2020 and would have extended the regime that was introduced for the public sector in 2017 to medium and large private sector employers, including those in the private health and social care sector. However the changes will not now be implemented until 6 April 2021. Read more in our note, available here.
We know Coronavirus is having a serious impact on the health, social care and housing sectors, increasing operational pressures significantly. We want to let you know of the steps that we are taking to support both your organisation and our employees, at what is a difficult time. More about Capsticks' COVID-19 response and business continuity planning here.