Case Law Update 41 – NHS West Berks CCG v FTT – CCG not joined as party to Tribunal appeal

This is part of our case law series reviewing judgements relating to the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Each review looks at a specific case and explains the potential implications for parents, local authorities and sector practitioners. The reviews have been produced for us by Barrister Steve Broach.

In this update the Upper Tribunal rejected an application for judicial review challenging a decision by the First-tier Tribunal not to allow a clinical commissioning group to be joined as a party to an appeal which concerned the healthcare provision in a young person’s EHC Plan. The Upper Tribunal emphasised that Tribunal recommendations on healthcare matters do not create any substantive legal obligations for CCGs.