COVID-19: Workforce FAQs
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.
COVID-19 FAQs: The extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough leave
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.
Procurement Policy Note 01/21: Procurement in an emergency
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.
Clinical Law Insight: Winter 2020/2021
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.
AI likely to assist in the post-Covid recovery of healthcare services, but could be a ‘disrupter’ in healthcare law
In recent years we have started to see Artificial Intelligence (AI) being used across medicine from radiology reporting to cancer diagnosis and ophthalmology.
Resource issues likely to have a significant role in determining the standard of care in claims arising during the pandemic
Patients who have had their treatment for a particular condition delayed due to COVID-19 restricting hospital resources may consider legal action in the future.
Tackling Covid deniers: Key steps for NHS organisations
As well as damaging the morale amongst NHS workers, the actions of “Covid deniers” mislead the public at a time where it's crucial people comply with public health rules. In this insight, we outline the key steps for tackling this issue.
Staff wellbeing during the pandemic and legal considerations for employers
The Government’s announcement that as COVID-19 infection rates rise, workers who can work from home should do so, will cause many employers to reassess their staffing requirements and refresh their efforts in respect of wellbeing.
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.
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.
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.
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.