It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
An experienced Best Interests Assessor (BIA) has received a 12-month suspension order after plagiarising DoLS forms. The copying and pasting of information from one service users forms to another’s was determined to be “dishonest” by Social Work England after an investigation. It was decided that his conduct to practice was impaired on both public protection and public interest grounds.
Concerns were raised after identical pieces of information were noted in several of the forms the BIA had completed. It was later discovered that eight service users had identical information contained within their forms, not all of which was relevant to them and “the justification for the ultimate decision was copied in almost its entirety.” As a result, patients were put at risk of being unlawfully deprived of their liberty and exposed to a real risk of harm.
This serves as a reminder to BIA’s to;
- Avoid using “stock templates”
- Respect the privacy and dignity of service users
- Ensure accuracy and detail in the information provided for each Service User
- Check the information within the form before signing it
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If you have concerns about your own or a family member’s detention in hospital, or about Mental Health Tribunals or Court of Protection welfare proceedings, please contact Rebekah Sambrooks or Kirsty MacMillan.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
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