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residential care operators

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Residential care operators face many challenges. The sector is the subject of increasing choice and competition, while providers are working within a financially challenging environment and facing unprecedented levels of scrutiny from regulatory bodies, the public and the media.

Our experienced team of care home lawyers has an in-depth understanding of the issues that providers are facing and the residential care regulations that these operators must follow. We work with our clients collaboratively and take time to understand and respect their requirements in this difficult climate.

In addition, we draw on a wide range of experience gained from acting for many public, private and third-sector health and social care clients, including regulators and over 150 local authorities across England and Wales.

What is residential care?

Residential care is offered to those who require additional day-to-day support. This type of care is set to be a requirement for more of us as time goes on. According to a 2018/19 report from NHS England, we are living longer on average, with an estimated 2 million people set to live beyond the age of 85 in the next decade – an increase from the current 1.3 million.

With this in mind, demand for residential care is expected to grow to accommodate the older population. This means that the focus is firmly on the duty of care in healthcare provision.

The services provided include:

  • Residential care homes: Where elderly residents can stay and their personal care is attended to by healthcare providers
  • Nursing homes: Which provide the same level of personal care found in a residential care home but with additional support from a nursing team
  • Dementia care homes: Which are staffed by specialist teams
  • Domiciliary care: Where patients are cared for in their own homes

Keeping up with residential care regulations and ensuring that you have up-to-date health and safety procedures in your care homes is vital for both you and the people in your care. To make sure everything is following legal requirements, you will need advice from an expert team. This is where we can be of service.

Our specialists can provide a full service that will allow you to maintain the highest levels of support for patients while helping your organisation to meet targets.

What care home legal advice do providers need?

Care home operators need advisers who take the time to get to know their business. They need an experienced team that has knowledge around the latest legislation related to the sector. Like any other organisation, they require commercial legal advice on everything from contracts and disputes to key employment issues.

We understand what you do. Our dedicated healthcare practice works across the NHS and independent healthcare sector. We believe we are unique in being able to offer heavyweight corporate, commercial and banking practices (which include healthcare specialists), combined with a wealth of expertise in the public sector in all aspects of health law. Therefore, we can provide care home legal advice on the following:

  • Regulatory advice
    This is tailored for the residential care sector and includes employment advice; large scale corporate, refinancing and property transactions; and commercial advice on contracting, procurement and commissioning.
    We also offer support for inquests, inquiries and investigations, as well as health and safety guidance, including safeguarding, fire safety regulations in care, and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards.
  • Guidance and training
    To ensure your staff are kept up to date with legal compliance issues and best practice, we offer a range of free training opportunities, including an extensive seminar programme, live webinars, bespoke training sessions, and regular legal updates.
  • Sector specialists
    Our clients value our sector knowledge. Whether they are selling a business or building a new care facility, they will be provided with relevant care home legal advice by a team who understand the whole range of regulations applicable to residential care.

Why choose Browne Jacobson care home lawyers?

By combining a top-tier-ranked commercial and corporate practice with a nationally ranked healthcare practice, our team of can offer a one-stop shop for our clients.

Whether you are seeking support for your business, require employment advice, or need to re-examine the health and safety provision in your care homes, our expert team is ready to help. Contact us at one of our five regional centres across England or call 0370 270 6000 and we will provide a tailored quote.

introducing independent healthcare

Our dedicated healthcare practice works across the NHS and independent healthcare sector. We believe we are unique in being able to offer heavyweight corporate, commercial and banking practices (which include healthcare specialists) combined with a wealth of expertise in the public sector in all aspects of health law.

what we do...

  • Full service solution - tailored for the sector including; employment advice, large scale corporate, refinancing and property transactions, commercial advice on contracting, procurement and commissioning, inquests, inquiries and investigations, health & safety and regulatory advice including safeguarding and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards.
  • Guidance and training - we offer a range of free training opportunities, including an extensive seminar programme, live webinars, bespoke training sessions and regular legal updates, to ensure your staff are kept up to date with legal compliance issues and best practice.
  • Sector specialists - our clients value our sector knowledge, whether they are selling a business or building a new care facility, they will be advised by lawyers who understand the whole range of regulations applicable to residential care.

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