Anna Lemmer

Further Delays to the Implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards

The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) has announced a further delay to the public consultation on the draft regulations and draft Code of Practice for the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Liberty Protection Safeguards (“LPS”). The DHSC had intended to launch the consultation in the summer of 2021 but said that due …

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GP Practices & Online Primary Care Services – CQC registration

Any individual, partnership or organisation providing a regulated activity in England must be registered with the CQC. This means that GP practices and independent consulting doctors are required to be registered with the CQC. Online primary care services in England which deliver a regulated activity by online means (via text, sound, images or other digital …

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Notice of Proposal Representations for a Care Home Provider Upheld

Ridouts has recently assisted a care home provider to make successful representations to a Notice of Proposal (“NOP”) from the CQC to cancel its registration under Section 17(1)(c) of the Health and Social Care Act 2008. CQC alleged that there had been breaches of Regulation 12 relating to safe care and treatment and Regulation 17 …

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CQC Focus On Decline, Not Improvement – Are You At Risk?

On 20 September 2021, CQC hosted a webinar for adult social care providers in relation to its current monitoring approach and set out how it is currently monitoring and prioritising inspections. What did CQC say about its current monitoring approach? During the webinar, CQC said that the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented normal inspection of services …

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CQC’s publication of data regarding COVID-19 related deaths in care homes

In June 2020, CQC confirmed that it would publish data regarding COVID-19 related death notifications received from care homes between 10 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. This is in addition to the data CQC already publishes on a weekly basis with ONS. The data which was published by CQC yesterday on 21 July 2021, …

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CQC’s new strategy and the impact of ‘Smarter regulation’ on GP Practices

On 27 May 2021, CQC launched its new strategy which it says has the purpose of enabling more effective regulation in the health and social care sector. The strategy focuses on four themes: People and communities Smarter regulation Safety through learning Accelerating improvement This article looks at ‘smarter regulation’ and the impact that this could …

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CQC launches web guidance for the provision of culturally appropriate care

CQC has launched a new online resource for providers to access guidance on the provision of culturally appropriate care. CQC’s press release on its website stated that, “Holistic, person-centred care has always been important, but during the Coronavirus pandemic it has become even more critical that we are all aware of culturally appropriate care.” CQC’s …

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