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DAC Beachcroft LLP

Healthcare: Mental Health: Providers

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What the team is known for

Noteworthy team dispensing valuable legal advice to providers of mental health services. Negotiates the complex regulations governing the space, pertaining to such issues as capacity and deprivation of liberty, including their interpretation with regard to the Children Act. Provides robust representation in Court of Protection proceedings, tribunals and inquests.

Strengths

"I'm impressed with the firm's ability to solve cases very quickly and to everyone's satisfaction," one client remarks, adding: "They are good at anticipating what is going to happen and are both thorough and forward-thinking."

Work highlights

Assisted an independent mental health provider with its challenge to a Care Quality Commission report which questioned the quality and safety of care provided at one of the client’s hospitals.

Notable practitioners

Gill Weatherill is a key contact.

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Overview

DAC Beachcroft works closely with mental health providers, commissioners and professionals in navigating the legislative and regulatory frameworks within which mental health services operate. Legal advice on the complex and overlapping legal and regulatory frameworks assists mental health services in maintaining safe patient care that will withstand public scrutiny.

In addition to policy and governance advice, this includes advice on complex case reviews, serious incident investigations, claims, complaints and CQC regulation. Mental health services are subject to forensic regulator, press and public scrutiny. The CQC increasingly use civil and criminal enforcement powers in response to safety concerns, and DAC Beachcroft supports providers in navigating those operational challenges together with demonstrating services are well led at provider level.

The firm has extensive experience of dealing with high profile challenges in various courts and Tribunals. Recent cases involve the management of pregnant mental health patients who resist intervention, and the legality of 24 hour supervision of community patients.

DAC Beachcroft are unique in their provision of accredited training to health and social care providers operating in the sector. Their work with psychiatrists, AMHPs and other frontline professionals provides them with the practical knowledge and experience to assist providers in preparing for the significant legal changes anticipated in the sector in coming years.

Members

Cheverst, Simon

Dandridge, Helen

Eastwood-Jackson, Anna

Fishburn, Amy

Gilson, Jemma

Hallatt, Diane

Hart, Anna

Kingston, Helen

McGough, Paul

Merchant, Peter

Nichols, Matt

O'Beirne, Alan

Peel, Giles

Pickles, Will

Slingo, Corinne

Weatherill, Gill

Woods, Sarah

Clients

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Cygnet Health Care

Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Elysium Healthcare

Greater Manchester West MH Foundation Trust

Leeds Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Priory Group

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Solent NHS Trust

Southern Health Foundation Trust

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Industries

Health

Healthcare: Mental Health: Providers Department

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Department location

25 Walbrook

London

Greater London

UK

EC4N 8AF

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