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Fire safety in care homes
9
Aug
2017

The danger presented by fire is well known but people may be surprised by just how many fires actually take place and, in particular, how many occur in care homes.

Registering the right support
11
Jul
2017

Reporting restrictions on legal proceedings which lasted five years, involving the provision of care to people with learning disabilities at Veilstone and Gatooma care homes have recently been lifted. The case has been described as “ground-breaking” in that directors and senior managers have been held to account for creating a culture of systematic neglect.

Concerns over care homes’ potential breaches of consumer law
21
Jun
2017

The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has now published the initial findings of its Market Study launched in December 2016 to examine whether the residential care sector is working well for elderly people and their families.

safety equipment CQC
13
Jun
2017

We are frequently reminded to test our smoke alarms at home and we have all heard those adverts that remind us of the potential for catastrophic consequences should we fail to do so.

fire-incidents-in-care-homes
2
May
2017

At least three serious fire incidents have been reported at care homes in the UK in the last few weeks. A growing number of residents needed to be taken to hospital for treatment, some with serious injuries.

Caught on camera
31
Mar
2017

Last month it was hard to miss the distressing story concerning the abuse and ill-treatment of Betty Boylan, a resident at Bupa’s Perry Locks Care Home, by two members of staff.

The Law Commission’s Report on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty: Implications for Care Providers.
30
Mar
2017

This long awaited Law Commission report, just published in March, provides a number of recommendations for improving the current DoLS regime amidst mounting criticism that the existing system is not fit for purpose.

cqc-factual-accuracy-failings
24
Jan
2017

We have been supporting providers to prepare corrections of fact for many years and CQC’s latest approach suggests a positive shift in the direction of providers and a willingness to significantly amend draft reports if sufficient supporting evidence is provided.

DoLS
9
Jan
2017

Last month there was welcome news for the health and social care sector when Parliament approved an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (“the Act”) clarifying the legal position on when an inquest will be held following the death of someone who was subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (“DoLS”) order.

Councils-outsource-responsibility
6
Jan
2017

The Local Government Ombudsman (“LGO”) began the year by reminding local authorities of their responsibilities when contracting for placements in privately operated care homes.