Sarah joined Lester Aldridge in 2017 and worked first for the Clinical Negligence Team before moving to the Healthcare Team.
Much of Sarah’s caseload involves CQC work – she supports providers with the factual accuracy check process, responding to warning notices, notices of proposal and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal. She also advises providers of education and children’s social care in relation to enforcement action taken by Ofsted.
Sarah regularly works on Coroners’ inquests, advising and supporting providers and healthcare professionals throughout the process, from drafting witness statements to attendance at hearings.
She has experience in supporting healthcare professionals through fitness to practice investigations by their regulatory body and also advises clients on continuing healthcare matters.
Sarah undertakes regulatory due diligence work along with wider governance and assurance reviews for groups of care homes, children’s homes and supported living services.
Recent examples of work or case studies
- Acted for a provider who had been issued with a notice of decision to cancel its registration, including drafting the appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Care Standards).
- Prepared Representations to a Notice of Proposal to remove a location from a provider’s registration.
- Responded to a section 33 letter received by a provider in relation to not having a registered manager in place. Following consideration of the response, CQC determined that no further action was to be taken against the provider.
- Acted for a provider who had been issued a Warning Letter by Ofsted alleging that it was providing ‘unregistered’ care and accommodation to a young person.
- Acted on regulatory due diligence in respect of the acquisition of a group of care homes and supported living services
- Undertook a governance and quality assurance review for a large children’s home operator, including consideration of recent enforcement action taken by Ofsted
- Acted for a client in relation to a 2-week jury inquest involving multiple agencies.