COVID-19: Top tips for remote inquest hearings

As we see the re-opening of Coroners’ courts following the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue our series of inquest-related insights with our top tips for partially remote inquest hearings, available here.

COVID-19: New Chief Coroner's guidance on remote hearings

As we see the re-opening of courts following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Coroner has issued new guidance on "Remote participation in Coronial proceedings via video and audio broadcast". In this insight, we comment on the key points of the guidance, available here.

Return to work and risk assessments during COVID-19: Health and social care

For a successful return to work during COVID-19, employers have a duty to carry out a risk assessment, implement safe systems of work and to keep these under review. Our risk assessment flowchart sets out the key issues for employers to consider, available here.  

COVID-19: Social care FAQs on Deprivation of Liberty and movement in the community 

This FAQ provides a summary of the current position and the factors which care providers, care co-ordinators and commissioners of community care need to be aware of and actively consider when looking at the care and treatment service users are receiving. Read more here.

COVID-19: CQC and the Emergency Support Framework 

Having suspended its inspection regime in March following the COVID-19 outbreak, CQC has now launched a new Emergency Support Framework (ESF). Under the framework, inspectors will set up a one hour online meeting with managers or nominated individuals, to discuss the stresses and challenges services are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We explore the key features and what this means for you in our insight, available here.

COVID-19: Clinical risk and indemnity considerations

The COVID-19 pandemic has permeated every aspect of health and social care, presenting significant challenges to the private sector in addition to the NHS. The situation with COVID-19 is still evolving, but the key concerns to date are highlighted together with some practical advice on managing risk and indemnity issues which may arise in this insight, available here.

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.

COVID-19: An action plan for social care

On 15 April 2020, the Government issued the “COVID-19: Our Action Plan for Adults Social Care”. We set out an overview of the plan, which includes the creation of the care sector's own brand (CARE), and link it to some guidance already issued, available here.

Landlord and tenant FAQs

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is creating a number of challenges for landlords and tenants, and we are advising our clients on the issues arising from the restrictions in place. We answered some FAQs and set out practical options for you to consider, available here.

Inquest FAQs

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.

Workforce FAQs

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.

Capsticks' response

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.