Judgments in the Court of Protection always show a unique sensitivity; they are after all working on behalf of some of the most vulnerable adults in our communities. Presiding Judges strive to listen, weigh and balance the facts of each case whilst giving careful consideration for those at the centre of personal and distressing events.
We welcomed on October 1, 2018 the revised national framework for NHS continuing healthcare. The aim of this change being to provide more clarity around the concepts involved in the process, and to shift the focus of annual assessments to determine eligibility, to one of focus on how well the package is working.
We are six months in delivering a legal aid contract for community care and whilst the paperwork at times seems baffling, the results we can achieve on behalf of our clients makes all the administrative tangles worthwhile.
A recent BBC investigation found thousands of medical and care records were left unsecured in an abandoned care home in Hampshire raising serious concerns about data protection breaches. But this is just one aspect of the many issues that missing (or abandoned) care notes pose - in my experience as both a continuing health care (CHC) assessor, and more recently in my role as a Nurse representing families through the CHC process – absent notes can mean the difference between someone being found eligible or not for this vital funding.