Anna Lemmer

CQC publishes guidance on digital records in Adult Social Care

On 28 September 2020, CQC published interim guidance on what a good digital record system looks like and how providers can achieve this. CQC assesses digital records systems against the relevant Key Lines of Enquiry (“KLOEs”) and the characteristics of ratings, in the same way that paper records are assessed. The guidance states that a …

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Amnesty International report states the UK Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to older people in care homes was a violation of their human rights

Amnesty International (“AI”) has published a report titled, ‘As if expendable: The UK Government’s failure to protect older people in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic’. The report is very damming of the UK Government’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak and states that sending thousands of older people untested from hospitals into care homes in …

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Ridout Report – CQC’s Transitional Monitoring Approach

During the period of the pandemic, CQC paused routine inspections and introduced the Emergency Support Framework (“ESF”) with the intention of focusing on the immediate risks presented by the pandemic. CQC has now developed its new Transitional Monitoring Approach (“TMA”) which is meant to bring together elements of its existing methodologies relying on the approach …

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NICE consultation document on Safeguarding Adults in Care Homes

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”) has been consulting on its ‘Safeguarding Adults in Care Homes’ guideline. The NICE guideline covers keeping adults in care homes safe from abuse and neglect. It includes potential indicators of abuse and neglect (by individuals and by organisations) and sets out the safeguarding process from identifying …

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Ridouts secures large settlement sum for a provider in fee dispute case against a Local Authority

In a recent fee dispute case against a local authority, Ridouts was able to successfully argue a point of law which meant that the Local Authority was obliged to pay outstanding fees dating back three years. Fee disputes can be costly, stressful and time consuming for providers. Issuing proceedings at Court should normally be a …

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A warning from CQC – ensure your fire safety measures have not been compromised

On 7 August 2020, CQC sent out its regular COVID-19 update email to adult social care providers. One of the topics covered in the email bulletin was ‘making sure your building is safe from fire’. The email stated that, “Due to the ongoing coronavirus risks, measures have been put in place in many care homes …

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Updated guidance ‘Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19′

On 14 August 2020, the Government published updates to its guidance on admission and care of residents in a care home. The guidance, ‘Admission and care of residents during COVID-19 incident in a care home’ updates the previous ‘Admission and care of residents during COVID-19 incident in a care home’ guidance published on 2 April …

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