General health & social care policy and issues
Health & social care covers a huge area of national and local policies. Barely a month goes by without some new initiative, policy statement or proposal.
We list here some of the most significant and interesting links. The list is regularly updated as new items come in, the most recent items being nearest the top of the list. If you have any suggestions of cases you would like us to include please let us know.
We naturally update our health & social care training to take account of all new initiatives.
In December 2018 a much anticipated independent review of the Mental Health Act in England & Wales was published. Click here for details. The Government has already committed itself to implementing a couple of the proposals, and will no doubt respond to the other proposals in due course.
Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
This builds on the Law Commission's 2017 report, and is intended to replace the DOLS with a new scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards. It was introduced to Parliament in July 2018, and needs to be agreed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords before it can become law.
This programme, run by Bristol University, examines deaths of people with learning disabilities to see if they are receiving appropriate treatment, or if any improvements are needed. The latest report contains some fairly sobering statistics about health inequalities which affect people with learning disabilities.
The CQC is changing some of the ways in which it regulates services, from November 2017.
An independent report criticises some police forces for their response to cases of modern slavery.
The terms of reference for the independent review of the Mental Health Act, announced by the Prime Minister in September.
A summary of policies and initiatives on dementia from the Department of Health, which covers England (there are also links to policies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from the same page).
How the CQC does its job.
The Law Commission was asked to make proposals for changing, or replacing, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Their full report was published in March 2017.
Government advice on dealing with forced marriages.
The Guidance to support the Care Act 2014.
The Autism Act 2009 was the first ever disability-specific law in England, and one of its requirements was for the Government to produce an Autism Strategy.