Laura Paton

Public Health report reveals 78 patients were sent to care homes in Scotland after testing positive for COVID-19

A report published today by Public Health Scotland reveals that 78 patients who had tested positive for COVID 19 were discharged from hospitals to care homes in Scotland between 1 March and 21 April 2020. Of all the 3,599 elderly patients discharged from hospitals during that period, only 650 of them were tested for Covid-19. …

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CQC’s new Registering the Right Support Guidance published

CQC’s new Registering the Right Support Guidance has been published today called “Right support, right care, right culture”. It outlines three key factors that #CQC expects providers to consider if they want to care for autistic people and/or people with a learning disability: The model of care and setting should maximise people’s choice, control and …

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CQC Publishes Guidance on what to expect from its Transitional Monitoring Approach

On 1 October 2020 the CQC published the monitoring questions for adult social care providers together with some guidance on what Providers can expect under its transitional regulatory approach to monitoring services.   In summary, CQC will review the information they hold about services and follow it up with a call with the Provider. CQC …

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Government announces tighter CQC regulation part of the adult social care winter plan to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

In it’s winter plan announced today  the government has said that it  “is prepared to strengthen monitoring and regulation by local authorities and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), including asking them to take strong action where improvement is required or staff movement is not being restricted. This can include restricting a service’s operation, issuing warning …

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DHSC publish “Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)”

On 25 August 2020 the DHSC published what might be described as a “one stop shop” guidance document called “Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) This page provides information for adult social care providers about COVID-19 guidance and support on the areas listed below and will be updated to reflect new DHSC, NHS …

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CQC consultation on proposed changes to its guidance on the Market Oversight scheme

The CQC is proposing to make changes to its guidance on the Market Oversight scheme. CQC wish to revise its current guidance “to streamline and strengthen it” to better reflect their legal duties and their experience of running Market Oversight from the first five years of the scheme. CQC is seeking stakeholder views and feedback on the …

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NICE seek stakeholder views on Draft Guideline on Safeguarding Adults in Social Care

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will shortly begin a consultation on their on its draft guideline on safeguarding adults in care homes. The consultation will begin on Thursday 3 September 2020. The project documents are online and available to view here. The guideline is intended to ensure that staff can raise safeguarding …

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ONS COVID- 19 Infection Survey to Expand significantly by October

The Office for National Statistics is to significantly expand its infection survey from testing 28,000 per fortnight to 150,000 by October. The data from this will will support rapid testing and diagnosis of COVID-19 on a national and local level, helping to narrow down the areas of concern. Letters have already been sent out to …

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National Institute for Health Protection replaces Public Health England

Following criticism of how Public Health England has handled the coronavirus pandemic, today, 18 August 2020, Matt Hancock has unveiled the National Institute for Health Protection, to replace Public Health England, to defend UK from infectious diseases and biological weapons. The Government has said: “The National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) will bring together the …

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Councils to be incentivised to discharge LD and autism patients from mental health settings into the community

The Government has today (16 July 2020) announced that £62 million of funding will be given to local councils to accelerate discharge of patients with learning disabilities or autism (or both) from mental health hospitals into the community. Named the Community Discharge Fund, the funding will help to move people with learning disabilities and autistic …

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