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Continuing Healthcare: law and practice


Michael Mandelstam works independently and has provided legal training courses for over 20 years to many local authorities and NHS bodies. He worked previously at the Disabled Living Foundation and the Department of Health. He has written a number of books on health and social care.

Target Group

This is mandatory training for all adult social care staff who hold cases and for managers.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to help practitioners and managers relate the law about NHS continuing healthcare to everyday practice and to take decisions fairly and lawfully and ensure the right outcomes for service users.

Course content

  • A practical overview of NHS legislation, directions and guidance on continuing care.

  • Understanding of the legal boundary between the Care Act 2014 and the NHS Act 2006. What social services are, and are not, allowed legally to provide. Also: integration of health and social care and the legal pitfalls to be avoided.

  • Lawfulness of continuing care decisions. First, the substantive, clinical issue: has the right decision been reached? Second, the all-important procedural issue: has the decision (whatever its outcome) been reached in a legally sound manner?

Key points covered include: how joint funding relates to CHC, use of the Checklist (and involvement of social services), use and completion of the Decision Support Tool (and involvement of social services), rules for Fast Track decisions when people are dying, "successful management of a condition", time limits on CHC decisions, the role of review panels. The course also provides a summary of routes and remedies for questioning and the risk of a local authority being challenged. The course is fully participative and inter-active, relating the law to everyday practice, examples and case studies.

How to apply

Apply for this training

If a course is oversubscribed you will be notified.

There is no charge to Reading Borough Council staff.

Booking a place on training should be a firm commitment to attend, and to attend the duration of the course. Non-attendance will be charged.

Please view our pdf icon Cancellation and Charging Policy [222kb].

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