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.
Mandatory vaccination requirements for care home workers: What employers need to know
New regulations will come into force on 11 November 2021, requiring all persons working or deployed in a CQC registered care home to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption applies. We provide you with the latest developments.
Clinical Law Insight: Summer 2021
Welcome to the summer edition of our Clinical Law Insight. We report on recent developments in safety and learning, look ahead towards the Public Inquiry into the government’s response to the pandemic, and recommend actions for Covid-related claims.
Preparing for the COVID-19 Public Inquiry: What NHS organisations need to consider
The statutory inquiry into the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic will commence in 2022, which may compel organisations and individuals to provide evidence. We summarise the current situation and which steps NHS organisations need to take.
Submissions to the Maternity Incentive Scheme in the time of Covid-19
To reduce pressure on frontline staff during the pandemic, NHS Resolution has updated the timeline and required safety actions for submissions to the Maternity Incentive Scheme (MIS). We summarise what the scheme entails and its requirements here.
CQC report finds “a worrying picture” of DNACPR decision-making
The Care Quality Commission has published its final report on their special review into ‘Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decisions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. We summarise the findings and what they mean for providers.
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.