Laura P. Shelton

Government announces extra £60 million for adult social care over January 2022

As cases of Omicron rise rapidly around the country, Minister for Care Gillian Keegan announced yesterday (29 December 2021) that the government will provide an extra £60 million to local authorities to support the adult social care response to COVID-19 in January. This is on top of £388 million already being provided to prevent infections …

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What happens if the CQC wants to vary a practice’s conditions of registration?

The CQC’s focus on ‘Smarter Regulation’ in its new strategy includes a risk-based model of inspection. This model could lead to a much greater focus on GP practices that are perceived as ‘risky’ by the CQC, which could in turn lead to an increase in enforcement action. At Ridouts, we are already seeing an increase …

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CQC’s New Strategy & Smarter Regulation

On 27 May 2021, CQC launched what it described as its “ambitious new strategy” for 2021 onwards. The strategy aims to achieve 12 outcomes across the following four themes: People and communities; Smarter regulation; Safety through learning; and Accelerating improvement From a regulatory perspective, the theme of “Smarter Regulation” will be of particular interest to …

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Conditions of Registration – Giving the CQC even more control over your business?

For some time, CQC has been undertaking more activity based on risk and focusing efforts on services where they perceive concerns have arisen, or patient safety is at risk. This is not changing under the CQC’s new strategy. CQC’s business plan for 2020-2023 identifies four business priorities and 10 objectives. One of these is to …

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CQC Seeks Views from Providers on Guidance for inspectors on Surveillance

The CQC has noted an increase in providers using surveillance like CCTV. CQC is considering whether a new approach to assess how surveillance like CCTV is being used, could support providers to use it in a supportive, monitoring approach, for people using the service. CQC seeks views on this as it looks to publish new …

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Visits out of the Care Home – Inconsistencies in Self Isolation Rules

Earlier this month, the Government announced the publication of new supplementary guidance on visits out of care homes. This supplement to earlier guidance on this topic relaxes rules on self-isolation to enable care home residents in England to have more out-of-home visits. From Tuesday 4 May 2021, all care home residents in England will be …

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The Supreme Court Ruling on National Minimum Wage for Sleep-in Shifts – Implications for Providers (as published in Care Home Management Magazine)

On 19 March 2021, the UK Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson Blake. The case concerned payment of National Minimum Wage (NMW) for sleep-in shifts. Specifically, the calculation of time spent by care workers for the purposes of the NMW regulations. The central question to …

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CQC publishes its review of DNACPR decisions during COVID-19

The CQC has today published its review and recommendations following the special review it conducted into concerns that ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decisions were being applied to groups of people, rather than taking into account each person’s individual circumstances during the COVID- 19 pandemic. Concerns included that that DNACPR decisions were being made …

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