Gemma Nicholas

JCHR inquiry into care home COVID-19 visiting restrictions

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) will be taking evidence as part of a new inquiry into protecting human rights in care settings. On 12 January 2022 the Committee will hear from residents’ family members, representatives of campaign groups Rights for Residents, Age UK and the Relatives and Residents Association. The new inquiry will …

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Two additional exceptions to mandatory vaccinations

The draft regulations, the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No.2) Regulations 2021 was made into law* yesterday and as reported in my article the grace period before the regulations applying to the healthcare sector commenced. It is important for providers to note that the new legislation makes further amendments to …

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Government commissions KPMG to review healthcare regulatory landscape

The Department of Health and Social Care has commissioned KPMG to review the healthcare regulatory landscape and to make recommendations on whether the regulatory system can be simplified and the number of healthcare regulators reduced. The review will look at the following independent healthcare regulators: General Medical Council Nursing and Midwifery Council General Optical Council …

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Vaccination as a condition of deployment in healthcare

From 1 April 2022 registered persons of healthcare settings can only employ, or otherwise engage, a person in respect of a CQC regulated activity if the person provides evidence that they have been vaccinated against coronavirus or is subject to certain exemptions. This policy provides parity between healthcare and social care, given that it has …

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Vaccination Programme – Extension to self-certification cut-off

The main focus of 2021 in tackling COVID-19 has been the vaccination programme. At the start of the year, we all anticipated the COVID-19 vaccination becoming mandatory. It became a reality on 11 November 2021 when the COVID-19 vaccination became mandatory for anyone entering a care home in a work capacity. In my latest article …

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UPDATE: Mandatory Vaccinations in the Health and Social Care Sector

In July I wrote about mandatory vaccinations in the Health and Social Care sector. At that time the new regulations were recently approved changing the law whereby a provider of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home which provides accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care, can only deploy staff who have …

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