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NHS continuing healthcare & Adult Social Care Blog | June 2021 Review

Vaccinations, Ombudsman decisions, protecting those in Adult Social Care and what has been learnt from the Winterbourne View investigation...? Solicitor, Charlotte Bell from our Court of Protection Team takes a look at the month in news.
  1. As of October 2021, anyone working in a CQC registered care home in England will be required to be fully vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption. This applies to all individuals who are required to enter the placement such as; healthcare workers, tradespeople, hairdressers etc. Please note, that this is currently subject to parliamentary approval. To read the full press release, click HERE. 
  2. This article reviews a recent ombudsman decision whereby the local authority was found to be at fault by not using its best efforts to secure an alternative placement for P despite recognising that P’s placement was unsuitable. To read the full article, click HERE. 
  3. Ten years on - have lessons been learnt? As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the Winterbourne View hospital investigation, this article looks at the lessons learnt and practice tips to those working in the adult social care sector. To read the full article, click HERE. 
  4. A little too late? Adult social care sector is set to receive £250 million to help protect those in the adult social care sector.  To date, the adult social care sector has received funding of £2 billion to help support and protect individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic. To read the full press release, click HERE
  5. A recent local ombudsman decision reviews whether a local authority was at fault for including the full costs of P’s Personal Independent Payment when P had indicated that she could not meet the full costs of the new charges. The Ombudsman decision notes “when councils calculate how much people should pay towards their adult social care costs, they may take most of the benefits people receive into account. However, councils must automatically disregard some income, including mobility component of PIP”. The decision highlights that local authority’s must ensure that individuals retain enough of their benefits to pay for daily living expenses. No finding of fault was found. To read the full decision, click HERE

If you need any help and guidance in regards to NHS continuing healthcare or Adult Social Care, contact our team for free initial advice by calling 01926 354704 or emailing 

Charlotte Bell | Solicitor; Court of Protection 

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