Emergency services
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
COVID-19: Workforce FAQs
01/03/21
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant workforce issues for healthcare organisations regarding the services they provide and the risks to staff. Here we share our FAQs in relation to these policies and communications with staff generally.
NHS healthcare
Primary care
Private health and social care
Deploying staff: how to adopt a flexible approach and manage risks
12/02/21
Deploying staff flexibly between NHS Trusts, GP practices and other organisations is key to enabling new models of care, improving service resilience and ensuring continuity of care. We explore how the system-wide approach works and how to manage risks.
Emergency services
Housing
NHS healthcare
Procurement Policy Note 01/21: Procurement in an emergency
11/02/21
PPN 01/21 reiterates the PPN issued at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic setting out the procurement options available to Contracting Authorities during an emergency—further highlighting the commercial risks inherent in direct awards without competition.
Insurance
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
Clinical Law Insight: Winter 2020/2021
04/02/21
Welcome to the latest edition of our Clinical Law Insight, in which we report on the latest appeal decisions, medico-legal and ethical issues arising from Covid-19, as well as new reports on safety and learning.
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Private health and social care
Decision-making by 16-18 year olds: Is a child’s refusal to consent to treatment determinative?
02/02/21
A recent case which relates to an under 18 year old Jehovah’s Witness who required blood transfusions, considered whether a child’s refusal to treatment is ever determinative or whether it can be overridden by the courts.
NHS healthcare
Reform of the Mental Health Act
02/02/21
Following the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) led by Sir Simon Wessley, the Government’s whitepaper was published on 13 January 2021.
NHS healthcare
Duty of public involvement and approving a SOC for NHS hospital development
29/01/21
The High Court handed down its judgment in the judicial review case of Glatter v NHS Herts Valleys CCG and West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust. In this insight, we summarise the case and explain what impact the decision will have on the NHS.
Emergency services
Housing
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
COVID-19 FAQs: The extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough leave
28/01/21
The Government announced the launch of the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), where employers can “furlough” staff and HMRC will reimburse up to 80% of the employee’s wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
Insurance
NHS healthcare
Medical Malpractice Forward View 2021
27/01/21
In this year’s forward view, we consider issues ranging from the practicalities of future court hearings in a pandemic to resource arguments that will have to be considered in claims as well as key decisions in the year ahead.
NHS healthcare
Decision in Maughan may lead not only to an increase in requests for an unlawful killing conclusion at inquest, but have wider consequences
25/01/21
The recent Supreme Court decision in Maughan means that all inquest conclusions (including suicide and unlawful killing) should now be decided on the balance of probabilities, rather than the criminal standard of proof which applied previously.
Insurance
NHS healthcare
AI likely to assist in the post-Covid recovery of healthcare services, but could be a ‘disrupter’ in healthcare law
25/01/21
In recent years we have started to see Artificial Intelligence (AI) being used across medicine from radiology reporting to cancer diagnosis and ophthalmology.
Insurance
NHS healthcare
Primary care
Spotlight on two pending court decisions
25/01/21
Two cases awaiting decisions from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal respectively, could have a significant impact for healthcare organisations.