adult social care

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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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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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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The UK Government publishes its policy paper outlining support for social care this winter

On 9 January 2023 the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) published its policy paper relating to the Government’s current priorities ahead of this forthcoming winter. It is aimed at care providers, local authorities, integrated care systems, carers and social care staff. The purpose of which is to provide clarity into both the current …

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Should Providers Accept Or Challenge CQC’s Findings?

Many health and social care providers decide to engage with CQC in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. They accept the ratings awarded to them by CQC and they accept CQC’s findings and don’t challenge them as they are not confident that their efforts will lead to successfully changing CQC’s position. This lack of challenge …

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Adult social care providers to provide data via a Capacity Tracker or face financial penalties from November 2022!

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having robust data flows in the adult social care (“ASC”) sector. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) had no comprehensive national source of data from providers on capacity, workforce status or numbers of people in receipt of care. The Government, …

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Death of a service user? What Providers should consider if called to an Inquest

Many health and social care Providers will have had some form of contact with the Coroner’s court, whether it be simply assisting the Coroner with the provision of documentation related to the death of someone who was using or had used their services or attending an Inquest hearing. By their very nature inquests are inquisitorial …

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Health and Social Care Secretary to set out new plan for patients to receive easier access to NHS and social care

On 22 September 2022 Therese Coffey, the newly appointed Health and Social Care Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister, will set out the Government’s new NHS winter plan (“The Plan”). The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) Plan will aim to ensure patients can receive easier access to NHS and social care this winter and …

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The Government is seriously underestimating cost of Social Care reform according to report

On 18 May 2022, County Councils Network which is a body representing England’s local authorities, released a new independent report titled ‘Preparing for Reform’ report (“The Report”). The Report analysed aspects and costs of the Government’s planned social care reform. The Report estimates that the Government are ‘seriously underestimating’ the costs of its social care …

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