Nythan Smith

Occupancy levels in care homes during Coronavirus – provider seeks help

The largest care home operator in the UK has written to social care commissioners to request support to protect its income to the equivalent of 90% occupancy levels.  At least one of the commissioners that it works with has agreed to offer the assistance it has requested. The death rate within its care homes is …

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Poll suggests Government guidance may have contributed to current rate of deaths in care homes

A recent poll by Sky News of care home providers conducted in collaboration with Care North East and the Registered Nursing Homes Association has found that 70% felt pressure from Hospitals to admit residents prior to the current version of government guidance; 41% stated that hospital discharged patients with Covid-19 symptoms and 38% stated that …

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Increase in deaths reported in mental health settings as a result of COVID-19

Figures released by the CQC suggest that there has been a doubling of deaths reported during the period 1 March to 1 May 2020 by mental health providers of detained patients. 106 deaths were reported in these settings with providers confirming that Covid-19 was a cause or a factor within the deaths of 54 people. …

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Proposed Local Authority approach to the allocation of temporary funding to meet the increased costs of providing care in the adult social care sector

On 8 April 2020 the LGA and ADASS produced a statement on the temporary funding of social care providers during the pandemic. The primary purpose of the statement is to provide direction to local authorities as to how they might manage the increase in costs that adult social care providers will be incurring as a …

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Emergency guidance issued on compliance with Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Government issued emergency guidance on compliance with the Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) on 9 April 2020 and this guidance is applicable until it is withdrawn by Government. The fundamental principles of the MCA and DoLS still apply. If changes are required to be made to the …

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Local Authorities provided with the ability to relax adherence to their duties under the Care Act 2014

The Government has provided Local Authorities with the ability to relax their adherence to certain duties such as to conduct care assessments; determine eligibility for the receipt of care; assess financial resources; and to meet the needs of care and support to individuals under the Care Act 2014.  These powers came into force from 31 …

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New DBS changes brought in to speed up recruitment within health and social care to care for and treat persons with Covid-19

Temporary arrangements are now in place (effective from 30 March 2020) which provide employers with the option of taking on new employees within shorter timeframes than were possible to work in regulated activities with adults and/ or children. Applications are sped up for nursing and social care staff that are recruited in order to respond …

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