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Medical treatment decisions can be uncertain, deeply personal, and controversial It is these decisions, taken in the heat of the moment, under enormous pressure and with the best of intentions, that can later face intense scrutiny at leisure.

The law should be seen as a guide to ensure appropriate and defensible decision making – a “shield” and not just a “stick” to beat clinicians with.

The Supreme Court and Court of Appeal have recently given key judgments changing the law on consent to treatment, on best interests decisions and end of life / DNAR decisions. Our knowledgeable and experienced team can guide you all aspects of consent to treatment issues.

what we do...

  • Emergency helpline providing 24 hour advice - with access to specialised lawyers able to make an out of hours application to Court for an Order authorising serious medical treatment if needed.
  • Advice on consent to treatment – as well as guidance on clinical negligence and inquests.
  • Review or drafting of policies and protocols - written in plain English.
  • Training and support - we offer a range of 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.

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International Patient Safety Day – achieving a safety culture in the NHS

The fact that the focus of this year’s International Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019 is ‘Safety culture at all levels’ illustrates the vital role culture has to play in the provision of safer care across all healthcare settings.

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Legal updates

Capacity at birth – care planning, contingent and anticipatory declarations

Our recent case of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust v CD is significant because it is the first reported judgment on the use of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) to make contingent and anticipatory declarations in the event that P lacks capacity at a particular future point in time.

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Legal updates

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust fined £200,000 – a warning for providers and investors

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust was sentenced on 14 June 2019 for failing to provide safe care and treatment to a 19 year old inmate being cared for on the hospital wing of Lewes Prison, Jamie Osborne.

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Legal updates

Primary Care Networks go live on 1 July!

Following applications in May, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) will start to operate from 1 July.

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