At Browne Jacobson we have vast experience of handling reviews, investigations and inquiries on behalf of health bodies and other public authorities, nationwide. Our expertise has allowed us to develop a clear understanding of the legal and political issues you could face, whether undertaking an internal investigation or facing an external process.
We are more than aware that a big challenge of inquiries and major investigations is that they draw resources and energy from organisations’ business-as-usual activities.
You’re in safe hands. With over 30 years of experience, we can give you an impressive blend of expertise gathered from work in the health and wider public sector. As well as this experience, we have supported clients dealing with governance systems, giving us in-depth knowledge of the legal and practical issues which often form the background to an inquiry or investigation in the health sector.
Our ambitious team works with both regional and national clients as well as other regulatory spheres, in the corporate world and criminal investigations. Our approach is to encourage you to look more holistically at the issues you face and develop a clear action-plan, initially in the form of a 30-day plan.
Not only do we analyse how your risk and assurance processes oversee and support your investigation processes, we strive to offer strategic, practical and pragmatic advice to take the pressure off you, giving you capacity to address the issues raised.
Several of our team were part of the core legal team advising on the three main Savile investigations at Leeds, Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor hospitals.
We acted for one of the core participants, NHS England at the inquiry.
Our team supported the FT, which was created to cover Essex in respect of the inquiry into in-patient mental health deaths from 2000 - 2020.
A cross-departmental firm team supported one of the core participants in this inquiry.
In this article, we discuss some of the themes we have seen in recent CQC regulation as well as providing an update on the development of their new assessment framework. I will also highlight other key developments in the sector that all providers should be aware of.
Every year a high number of patients attend Emergency Departments (EDs) in England, often presenting with complex and wide-ranging symptoms. Many of these challenges were explored in the Getting It Right First Time Emergency Medicine Report, published in 2021.
The much anticipated final Ockenden report was published on 30 March 2020. The final report sets out the findings of the review into care provided to 1,486 families, and sets out a blueprint for safe maternity care.
This shared insight discussed the changes to improve and streamline the investigation process for cases under the Early Notification (EN) Scheme (changes which came into effect from 1 April 2021).
The steps organisations should take if they are subject to an investigation by the police, Health and Safety Executive or CQC.
Guidance for NHS Trusts on how to prepare for remote inquests.
Focused on effective triangulation of data and learning from claims.
The second victim and supporting clinicians through investigations, complaints, claims and inquests.
When commissioning an external review, it is essential to agree robust Terms of Reference which set out the end to end process.