Maddi Gaunt

Are CQC routine inspections likely to recommence? And in what form?

The CQC suspended routine inspections in March 2020. According to its letter to social care providers on 16 March 2020 announcing the suspension, this was to support providers and keep people safe in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. It therefore seems that inspections were suspended both for safety reasons, to keep down the risk of …

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Better Transparency from Local Authorities on their approach to financial support for Adult Social Care

We know from reports in the press and from our clients that there have been significant disparities between different Local Authorities’ reactions to the covid-19 pandemic in the care sector. In particular, we have seen significant variation how they have allocated and distributed funding support to Adult Social Care providers following central government’s allocation of …

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Local Authorities Invoke Care Act 2014 Easements -what does it mean for providers?

Social care provisions under Schedule 12 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on 31 March 2020 when The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No.2) Regulations 2020 became law. Under the 2020 Regulations, Local Authorities have the power to misapply or modify certain duties in the Care Act 2014. The new regime does not apply …

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WHO announces a “deeply concerning picture” on COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities

In a statement yesterday by the World Health Organisation Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, it was confirmed that current WHO estimates suggest that up to half of Covid-19 related deaths in Europe have been residents in long-term care facilities. Unfortunately, this is not a huge surprise. A significant proportion of long-term residents of …

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The UK formally relaxes competition law rules to facilitate Covid-19 response

The UK government made an Order which partially exempts some independent healthcare providers from existing competition law rules. Chapter 1 of the Competition Act 1998 prohibits organisations from making agreements and certain decisions which have the “object or effect” of restricting competition in the UK. If such agreements are made, under the 1998 Act, they …

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COVID-19 – provision of information to the CQC to facilitate data collection

The CQC has been ramping up its data collection in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst providers are not currently being required to fill in Provider Information Requests (PIRs) because they have been suspended, the CQC is asking providers to give other information to them, as part of its approach to data collection in light …

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The government is “determined” to test more care workers, but what does that mean, and is it enough?

In yesterday’s daily briefing, the Heath Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “determined” to ensure everyone who needed a test had access to one. It is all very well showing determination to have “access” to testing for care staff in theory, but will it work in practice? And will it be too little too late? …

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CQC on Protecting people’s safety, equality and rights during the coronavirus outbreak

The CQC has been changing the way it works in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Routine inspections have been suspended and work has been focused on more urgent matters. However, their regulatory obligations have not fallen away. Dr Kevin Cleary, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals gave a public statement on the CQC’s website on 8 …

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Notifications to the CQC during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The CQC have been updating its guidance to providers on a rolling basis as the coronavirus pandemic develops. Under the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009, providers are required to make statutory notifications to the CQC when certain events happen at a service. The CQC’s coronavirus guidance on their website currently confirms that an instance …

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Report recommends significant shake up to CQC inspections and policies on registration of services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

The CQC yesterday published the Report it commissioned in summer 2019, in response to the Whorlton Hall scandal. Professor Glynis Murphy’s report makes very interesting reading, but disappointingly is it a little lack-lustre in identifying where the CQC might have done things better. The Report does accept “in hindsight” that things could have been done …

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