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CCGs being challenged for failure to provide personalised care packages

Mea Fyfe

The media is rife with the news that a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (the NHS bodies responsible for making decisions about NHS Continuing Heathcare) (CCGs) are at risk of legal action if they cannot show that their policies on where that care can be provided are lawful.


James Pantling-Skeet

Today marks #WorldEncephalitisDay. Encephalitis is a serious neurological condition that can have a severe impact on a person’s care needs. The consequences are often life-changing and individuals affected can be left with a need for care provision capable of meeting complex care needs. 

Long-term adult social care funding enquiry launched

Nicholas Endean

An enquiry into the long term funding for adult social care is to be launched by MP’s ahead of the government’s Green Paper this summer.

The Health and Social Care Crisis

James Pantling-Skeet

The Care Funding Crisis has been a topic of debate for quite some time. Despite the Government’s commitment to ‘put the state-funded system on a more secure and sustainable footing’, extensive media coverage and various reports by Parliament, Age UK and the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”), effective progress towards tackling the immense pressures faced  by our health and social care system remains to be seen. 

Disabled Children’s Partnership Secret Life of Us Campaign

James Pantling-Skeet

The Disabled Children’s Partnership is a coalition of more than 50 charities and organisations which have joined forces with families to launch the ‘Secret Life of Us’ campaign. More information on the Campaign can be found on the following website:

Complaints to Ombudsman continue to rise over care provision and adult safeguarding

Nicholas Endean

The recently published annual review from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has highlighted a dramatic increase in the number of social care complaints being made. 

Court of Appeal rule on reduced care package case

Nicholas Endean

The Court of Appeal have recently ruled on a particularly challenging and important Care Act case where the Claimant’s care package had been drastically reduced by the Defendant Local Authority. 

Education, Health and Care Plans – Are they working?

Nicholas Endean

Families of children with special educational needs are facing a “disproportionate burden” to ensure they get the support they need. This is the main headline from a recent report issued by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

NHS Continuing Healthcare: Cap to Community-based Care Funding

James Pantling-Skeet

Today we learn from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (“EHRC”) that a new policy implemented by 44 Clinical Commissioning Groups (“CCGs”) which caps funding for NHS Continuing Healthcare funded care 

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 - 10 Years On

James Pantling-Skeet

Recently the Mental Capacity Act (“MCA”) 2005 reached its 10 year anniversary. The question is what has changed since the Acts introduction and has the legislation been effective?


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