Welcome to our inaugural Social Care newsletter

Welcome to our new quarterly newsletter with essential reading for the social care sector.

To keep you up to date, we are also pleased to provide training (in person or virtually), including:

  • Commercial and corporate work in the care sector
  • Regulatory – including CQC compliance and challenges
  • Property & estates
  • Workforce and HR
  • Litigation and complaints
  • Investigations and safeguarding
  • Mental capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Court of Protection
  • Inquests
  • Data protection and GDPR

If you would like to discuss this, or want any particular topic to be covered in our next edition, please let us know.

News and views – what you need to know

Planned reforms to social care funding

A key area of concern for social care organisations, including providers and funders, is the Government’s planned reforms to social care funding.  We set out a summary of the main proposed reforms, in the first of a series of articles relating to these plans which will cover the issues you need to be aware of. Paul Appleton, Senior Associate in our Health Advisory team, provides an overview here.

Attending an inquest – a guide for witnesses

Attending an inquest is almost an inevitable event when you work with elderly or frail people but is still a daunting experience if you are not familiar with the process and what to expect. Victoria Davies, Senior Associate and Assistant Coroner has prepared this guide to assist you and your team with what to expect on the day.

COVID-19 vaccination – who should make the decision for individuals who lack capacity?

The pandemic has brought into focus many legal and ethical issues. One such issue is the best interest decision for those individuals who lack capacity to decide for themselves whether they should have the COVID-19 vaccination. Rachel Kelly-Brandreth, Senior Associate in our Health Advisory team, explores the issue here.

Caselaw update – Judicial Review challenge to Government policies and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Associate Emily Bond and Senior Associate Paul Appleton of our Health Advisory team delve into this Judicial Review case. Read more here

Industry news in brief

Continuing healthcare: a new national framework

With effect from 1 July 2022, our team highlight key points in the new National Framework for Continuing Healthcare which coincides with the arrival of Integrated Care Boards and their replacement of Clinical Commissioning Groups. Read more

Buyer unaware? Seller beware! 

Whilst a prudent buyer should always take legal advice prior to purchasing a property (at auction or otherwise) and due diligence should be carried out to identify any defects in title, the decision in the SPS Groundworks case highlights that sellers need to ensure that the known defects are fairly brought to the attention of potential buyers.

Charlotte Flanders, from our Real Estate team, delves into what you need to know following the case.