Services

Adult Safeguarding and Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Investigations

Investigations around safeguarding are very difficult to manage and can lead to revelations that health and social care providers have abused those they look after. This can then cause the local authority to suspend further placements, and even remove residents from their care. Whilst providing health and social care services, Providers will have the need …

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Application for Registration

Starting a new business is a daunting prospect, not least when it is a health and social care business that is subject to a rigid system of regulation and requires registration with a national regulator. All providers of health and social care services in England are required to register with the CQC and those providing …

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Challenging Cancellation, Suspension or Variation of Conditions

Regulators have extensive enforcement powers against providers, both existing and prospective. They can cancel or suspend a registration, impose conditions on a registration (which can include prohibiting further admissions or adding positive conditions that a provider must fulfil or else be in breach of its registration) and prosecute health and social care providers for any …

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Challenging Regulator Prosecutions

In some cases, CQC or regulatory action can take the form of criminal prosecutions with the risk of substantial fines, reputation damaging publicity and sometimes even imprisonment. Regulator prosecutions, and even threatened prosecutions will affect commissioners, service users, bankers, investors and future regulation. In regulatory prosecutions there is also an increasing ability to “pierce the …

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Contractual & Fee Disputes

Tightening public sector budgets in the UK has led to attempts by many departments to try and save money at the expense of health and social care providers, as well as the disproportionate division of contracts between suppliers.. The Care Quality Commission and other related regulators are increasingly carrying out their own contract monitoring which duplicates other …

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Inquests

Your reputation is a critical factor in your stature as a health and social care provider, and it is also incredibly fragile. Inquests and disciplinary procedures can be incredibly damaging to your business, so ensuring that you’re prepared for any due diligence processes is essential. The purpose of an inquest is to establish facts.  It is …

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NHS Improvement

NHS Improvement oversees foundation trusts, NHS trusts, and independent providers that provide NHS-funded care, providing support to them and holding them to account where necessary – it’s primary purpose is to “ensure providers have the support they need to deliver”. Trusts should bear this in mind whenever they seek to influence how NHS Improvement engages …

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