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Recent Court of Appeal decisions

Ed Mitchell (General Editor of the Journal of Community Care Law, Cardiff, UK)

Journal of Integrated Care

ISSN: 1476-9018

Article publication date: 15 August 2011




The August Review aims to address legal developments in two areas, which have the potential to distort integrated care practice: disclosure of sensitive personal information; and transfers of care from institutions to community supported housing and local authority financial responsibility.


This is a review of reported Court of Appeal decisions.


Regarding the disclosure of sensitive information, the Court of Appeal asserts the “pressing need” test for determining whether disclosure of sensitive personal information is lawful. Second, the Court of Appeal decides that there is no legal duty requiring a social services authority to consult another such authority when carrying out a community care assessment.


This paper provides an interpretation of the judgements for practical application.



Mitchell, E. (2011), "Recent Court of Appeal decisions", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 27-29.



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