Healthline - health and social care matters
I specialise in health and social care law and regulation with many of my clients being providers of care services, either in the NHS, independent or not-for profit sectors. I assist clients who either need help with technical areas of law such as the Mental Health Act, the Human Rights Act, the Mental Capacity Act, the Care Act, with healthcare regulation, or clients who are facing practical problems in delivering their services. I aim to provide advice and representation which is centred around my clients’ best interests, being mindful of their legal responsibilities, commercial interests and the value of their reputation. I have previously worked in-house advising on quality, compliance and strategy issues in mental health and learning disability services.
I regularly advise and represent health service commissioners and local authorities.
I assist clients who either need help with technical areas of law such as the Mental Health Act, the Human Rights Act or the Health and Social Care Act or who are facing practical problems in delivering their services. I aim to provide advice and representation which is centred around my clients’ best interests, being mindful of their legal responsibilities, commercial interests and the value of their reputation.
When necessary, I support and represent organisations in the various courts that apply to them, including the Court of Protection, the Administrative Court (Judicial Reviews), the Coroner’s Court, Mental Health Tribunals, the Care Standards Tribunal and the Criminal Court. I also represent clients in safeguarding investigations, equality challenges and health and safety investigations where necessary.
I enjoy writing and speaking on health and social care issues and have an ongoing interest in the way that care services are supported and/or impacted by the law.
In addition to my practice I am a Visiting Fellow of Loughborough University,
I am always happy to speak to new and existing clients by telephone or by email and I understand the reassurance that a quick conversation can often provide.
I have written a number of articles for Care Management Matters. I am also a member of the Editorial Committee of Clinical Risk magazine and a peer reviewer for The Psychiatrist by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
I regularly provide in-house and external training to clients on health and social care regulation, mental health law, mental capacity law, inquiries and investigations. I also speak at conferences and seminars on issues pertaining to the Care Act 2014, and safeguarding vulnerable people and deprivation of liberty.
CQC’s Post-Covid Priorities for Inspection and Enforcement in Physical and Mental Health
Supreme Court delivers key judgment with implications for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and suicide
What should your organisation be doing in preparation for the changes?
Mental Capacity Law and Policy
Court of Protection case summary
The case of Ferreira v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London in the Court of Appeal
It is well established that children can, in certain circumstances, provide or withhold consent to medical treatment.
As of 1 April 2015, the care system landscape in the United Kingdom changed with the implementation of the Care Act 2014.
The Streamlined Court Process – What you need to know
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A smoke free mental health environment: where are we now?
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The challenge for all is to create real and lasting differences in the health and social care spectrum. This article examines some...
He has an excellent background in healthcare law and is very good at keeping clinicians calm and focused