Anna Lemmer

One year on: How is CQC’s regulatory model working in practice and what will change?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and social care landscape has changed dramatically including in relation to the way in which the CQC regulates the sector. In May 2021, the CQC published its strategy, ‘A new strategy for the changing world of health and social care – CQC’s strategy from 2021’ which …

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Changes to Ofsted’s Social Care Common Inspection Framework from 1 April 2022

On 11 March 2022, Ofsted published the outcomes of a public consultation in relation to proposed changes to the Social Care Common Inspection Framework (“SCCIF”). The consultation ran from 2 November 2021 to 24 January 2022 and sought views from the public and those working in the sectors covered by the framework, on the way …

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An Update in Relation to the Implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards

In due course, the Liberty Protection Safeguards (“LPS”), introduced under Schedule 1 to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 (“MC(A)A 2019”) will replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (“DoLS”) set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. However, before this happens there are a few hurdles to cross, as detailed below. On 10 March …

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Care providers are encouraged to check their cyber security arrangements

As a result of the war in Ukraine, the National Cyber Security Centre (“NCSC”) has reminded all organisations in the UK to bolster their online defences, including care providers. According to an article published on the Digital Social Care website, care providers should take actionable steps to reduce the risk of cyber attacks and their …

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CQC’s statement on DHSC guidance regarding visits to care homes

On 10 February 2022, the CQC published a statement in response to the guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) which lifts visiting restrictions in care homes. In the statement, the CQC explained that its expectation remains that care homes follow the latest Government guidance which is now to ensure that …

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Update to CQC’s regulatory approach: changes from 1 February 2022

In December 2021, CQC postponed its inspections of some services in order to support the acceleration of the vaccination booster programme and prioritise activity to “help create more capacity in adult social care.” CQC has now taking into account the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the country and has reviewed and updated its regulatory approach, …

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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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