Laura P. Shelton

CQC’s Consultation on “Changes for Flexible Regulation”- What could it mean for Providers?

January 2021 saw the release of two important consultation documents by the CQC. The first was its consultation on its strategy from 2021 and beyond which has now closed. The second, and the subject of this article, is its consultation “Changes for Flexible Regulation” which is currently live and open for responses. Both documents set …

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Additional funding released to support social care staffing and testing

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced further funding for the Social care sector to boost staffing levels and testing.   The funding is aimed at protecting and supporting staff and residents in care homes and those receiving help in their own homes.   £120m of the fund is in addition to the …

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A Word of Warning about CQC Warning Notices

In October 2020 my colleague, Caroline Barker, wrote about the CQC’s new transitional regulatory approach, the shift to inspections based on risk, and how this could impact GP practices. One of the identified risks of this new approach is that of conclusions, informed by non-triangulated or incorrect evidence arising out of inspections carried out without …

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Winter is Coming – Will it Bring Increased CQC Enforcement Action? As published in Caring Times

On 18 September 2020, the Government published its ‘Covid-19 Winter Plan 2020 to 2021’ setting out the national support for the adult social care sector in England to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It contains a number of support measures and is accompanied by a welcome commitment to provide over £500million of additional funding …

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CQC rolls out its Transitional Regulatory Approach for ASC Services – As published in Care Home Management Magazine

CQC has announced that, from 6 October 2020, it will roll out its Transitional Regulatory Approach (TRA) to Adult Social Care services. The TRA is the way CQC will continue to inspect and regulate services through the next stage of the Covid-19 pandemic. It follows on from the Emergency Support Framework (ESF) initiated in response …

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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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