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4 December 2020 Increasing organisational resilience in maternity services

On 12 November 2020, the HSIB published its latest national investigation report on maternity safety - what are the likely implications for maternity services?

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13 November 2020 Supreme Court confirms the standard of proof for suicide AND unlawful killing conclusions is the balance of probabilities. What does this mean for NHS organisations?

The Supreme Court has today delivered its judgment on the case of R (on the application of Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire. This decision has serious implications for NHS organisations, which are considered in more detail below.

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9 November 2020 Decision making and consent

The GMC updated guidance on 'Decision making and consent' comes into effect today, on 9 November 2020, replacing the previous guidance.

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5 November 2020 TC (Urgent Medical Treatment) [2020] – authorising long term coercive treatment

The decision in TC (Urgent Medical Treatment) [2020] concerned a 69-year-old woman with advanced cancer of the larynx. An urgent application was brought on behalf of the trust to authorise a 6-8-week course of chemo-radiotherapy requiring restraint.

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17 September 2020 World Patient Safety Day - health worker safety: a priority for patient safety

The theme for this year’s World Patient Safety Day is “Health Worker Safety: A priority for Patient Safety” and whilst there are many different aspects to this in terms of both physical and psychological safety is vital to promote learning and improve patient safety.

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11 September 2020 Covid-19: New guidance for small scale manufacturers of PPE

The Office for Product Safety & Standards has just released its new guidance for small scale suppliers of PPE.

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10 September 2020 AI: support for buying new technology

The world of healthtech and digitech is continuing to develop at pace and as a result of Covid-19 we are seeing it being used and implemented to a greater extent across the NHS and wider health and care market.

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4 August 2020 New guidance issued by NHSE&I on procedures for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to apply for constitution change, merger or dissolution

NHSE&I issued new guidance to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on 3 August 2020, this is a must read document for all CCGs either going through or contemplating embarking on a merger process.

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14 July 2020 GP contracts: updated expectations and contracting issues

On 9 July NHS England and NHS Improvement issued a letter to primary medical contractors and commissioners updating them on service expectations and contracting issues.

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30 June 2020 “Caution” is now the watchword when it comes to directly awarding public sectors contracts

The judicial review proceedings brought by the Good Law Project against the Department of Health and Social Care in relation to the £108m contract the Department awarded for PPE in April are about to shine a light on Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

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