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Care homes – have you paid your data protection fee?

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun formal enforcement action against care homes that have failed to pay the data protection fee (the Fee).

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Key employment law issues for pharmacies

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2018 has brought a few changes in employment law which are directly relevant to pharmacy owners. More changes are still to come, with post-Brexit immigration system – which is expected to be unveiled this month – likely to affect workforce in the pharmacy and broader healthcare sector. Our Health & Social Care team brings you a roundup of the changes and steps you can take now to mitigate risks.

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National care home group facing legal action from the CMA

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The CMA have contacted Care UK and stated that they must refund residents who were charged an upfront reported “admin” fee to avoid facing legal action.

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EU Settlement Scheme pilot for staff working in the social care sector and higher education

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EU citizens working in social care, health and the education sectors are being given the opportunity to confirm their lawful status in the UK ahead of Brexit which is less than four months away.

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Our top tips for Care Operators embarking on a property development project

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Here we give our top tips for Care Operators embarking on a property development project

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Brexit immigration policy: Will it exacerbate the care sector workforce crisis?

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The Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) latest report makes a number of alarming recommendations for EU migration after Brexit, and if adopted by the Government will exacerbate the care sector workforce crisis.

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CQC’s response to the CMA guidance on service user contracts

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The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) published a report on the care home market in November 2017. Its report highlighted concerns about service user contracts breaching consumer law and recommended wholesale changes to admissions processes, complaints handling and service user contracts.

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CQC’s annual State of Care report for 2017/18 has been published

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CQC have focused on five factors that affect the sustainability of care:

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Buying or selling a dental practice: change in process for applications to the Care Quality Commission and NHS England

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Our Health & Social Care team explain the new approach the CQC is planning to take in relation to the application process on the sale of dental practices. Although as yet unpublished, the new process will pose problems for both buyers and sellers of dental practices.

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Care Management Group Limited v CQC: Size limits for learning disability care homes and the law of unintended consequences

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In June and July, the First Tier Tribunal heard an appeal brought by Care Management Group Limited (CMG). At issue was CQC’s refusal to allow CMG to extend the registration of a care home for people with learning disabilities from 7 beds to 10. The Tribunal held that CQC’s refusal of the provider’s application was correct.

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Social care disaster looms

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Employers have been warned of a deepening crisis in the social care sector which will affect hundreds of thousands of elderly and disabled people in the UK. A new report by the think tank Global Future predicts a bleak future for social care in the UK – unless the Government takes action, and strikes a deal to guarantee free movement of EU staff to help care for the booming elderly population.

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Social Care Compliance Scheme: HMRC creates confusion

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Last month, in Royal Mencap Society-v-Tomlinson-Blake, the Court of Appeal held that ‘sleep-in’ shifts were not subject to the National Minimum Wage. The ruling, while providing welcome relief for care providers, left a few questions unanswered. One of them was how HMRC proposed to deal with providers who had joined the Social Care Compliance Scheme. HMRC has now provided further guidance, but has it brought any clarity?

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