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Check Your Trees! Care Home Fined £400,000 For Injuries Resulting From Fallen Tree

The Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) has successfully prosecuted Bupa Care Homes (CFHCare) (“Bupa”) under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for failing to provide and implement a system of tree management at the Oak Lodge Care Home in Southampton (the “Care Home”). The HSE’s prosecution stemmed from an …

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CQC Prosecution – Largest fine issued in connection with maternity services

As all Providers will be acutely aware, the CQC has the power to criminally prosecute under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 where safe care and high quality treatment fails to be provided to a patient. Since 2021, the CQC appears to have focussed their attention on the provision of …

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Professional Discipline: What Does It Actually Mean To Be ‘Professionally Regulated’?

Whilst many students or trainees have a vague idea of what it means to be professionally regulated, they will only truly understand the full extent of their professional obligations when they join the register and face the stark reality of potentially receiving a patient complaint or being brought before their regulator. This article aims to …

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Professional Discipline: Dual Regulation – Double The Benefits, Double The Headache?

Healthcare practitioners that have undertaken additional accredited training may consider whether to become dual regulated. By dual regulated, we mean a healthcare practitioner becoming a registrant of two regulators. As an example, and after completing the requisite training and qualifications required: a British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) registered Psychotherapist becoming registered with the …

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Safeguarding In Adult Social Care: Harnessing A Runaway Train

During my time as a Solicitor at Ridouts I have been approached regularly by health and social care providers who are overwhelmed, frustrated or simply confused about complex safeguarding investigations. Processes to report and manage allegations and then fully investigate them are in place in order to protect vulnerable people. There are few that would …

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CQC’s New Inspection Methodology – What To Expect In 2023

Prior to late-December 2022, Providers expected the CQC’s new inspection methodology would be ‘going live’ in Spring 2023. However, on 21 December 2022 the CQC released a news update setting out its ‘revised plan and approach for transformation’. This announced the CQC would be delaying full implementation of the new methodology and instead would be …

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Section 64: A Simple Request Or A Formal Obligation?

At Ridouts, when the CQC issue a notice of proposal seeking the imposition of conditions on a provider’s registration, we commonly find ourselves submitting that such extreme measures are unnecessary given the CQC’s powers to make a one-off request for information under Section 64 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (“Act”). But, what …

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NHS Funding For Care Home Placements To Relieve Bed Pressures

It was very welcome news that a Government summit had recommended implementation of a policy to provide extra “band aid” funding (£200m initially) to assist the relocation of patients from unsuitable hospital accommodation to the more homely and appropriate placement of those people in care homes which are much more suited to their chronic illnesses …

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Living in a Post COVID-19 Society – What Restrictions Remain?

As we move into a less restrictive post-COVID-19 world, providers will want to be vigilant about infection, prevention and control (“IPC”) measures. The Government has announced numerous changes in the last year which greatly reduced the burden on providers when it came to IPC measures, including removing regular mandatory COVID-19 testing and facemask requirements in …

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