GPs
Health and social care
Confidentiality guidance changes: national consultation launched on revised Caldicott Principles and arrangements
01/07/20
The National Data Guardian launched a consultation on the future Caldicott Principles and extending the need to appoint ‘Caldicott Guardians’ across all organisations in health and adult social care. We explain the consultation’s scope and how to respond.
Health and social care
COVID-19: New Chief Coroner’s guidance on remote hearings
22/06/20
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.
Health and social care
COVID-19 FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough leave
15/06/20
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.
Health and social care
COVID-19: Workforce FAQs
05/06/20
The Covid-19 pandemic poses 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.
Care Homes
Dentists
GPs
Health and social care
Private healthcare
Return to work and risk assessments during COVID-19: Health and social care
04/06/20
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.
Care Homes
Health and social care
Private healthcare
COVID-19: Social care FAQs on Deprivation of Liberty and movement in the community
18/05/20
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.
Health and social care
Returning to work in the time of COVID-19
14/05/20
The Government has published guidance to assist those who are returning to work following the announcement this week of the COVID-19 recovery strategy.
Health and social care
Housing
COVID-19: Inquest FAQs
28/04/20
We have compiled these FAQs for healthcare, social care, emergency services and housing sectors regarding how coroners are approaching inquests in the current climate and how demands on organisations and their professional witnesses can best be managed.
Health and social care
Private healthcare
COVID-19: Clinical risk and indemnity considerations
24/04/20
COVID-19 has permeated every aspect of health and social care, presenting challenges to the NHS and private sector. The situation is evolving but key concerns are highlighted in this Insight with practical advice on managing risk and indemnity issues.
Health and social care
How much of a medical record can a personal representative see?
24/04/20
The Access to Health Records Act 1990 grants a statutory right of access to the medical records of the deceased to certain individuals in certain circumstances. The High Court has recently looked at the scope of that right for personal representatives.
Health and social care
Private healthcare
COVID-19: An action plan for social care
17/04/20
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.
Health and social care
Housing
COVID-19 and the new General Permitted Development Order
09/04/20
The General Permitted Development Order 2020 came into effect on 9 April, allowing local authorities and certain health service bodies to carry out development for dealing with emergencies. We look at its effect and impact in the current climate.