Nythan Smith

Health Secretary sets out intention to safely increase visitors allowed into care homes

The Government’s most recent winter plan announced on 23 November 2020 that it was committed to provide twice weekly testing for regular visits for up to two visitors of care home residents. It now emerges that this testing will be rapid lateral flow testing which provide results on site within 30 minutes at a care …

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Home Secretary refuses to broaden the “shortage occupations list” to include senior care workers

The shortage occupations list is a list of jobs which are given preferential treatment by the UK in respect of the immigration status of  applicants into the UK labour market.  The Home Secretary commissioned a review of this list which made recommendations specific to the care home sector in respect of the inclusion of care …

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The CQC’s position on the use of restraint in learning disability hospitals

A report published on 22 October 2020 focuses on the use of restrictive practices and restraint in specialist hospitals which care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.  The report is critical of both providers who deliver care to these individuals and of the commissioners of care who fail to properly intervene prior to people’s …

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Flu vaccine offered to social care workers as part of the biggest package of flu vaccinations ever

The Government implore social care workers alongside their NHS colleagues to take the flu vaccine to protect themselves, the people that they care for and their colleagues. The flu vaccine is offered free of charge to frontline social care workers from a GP or pharmacy which marks an improvement in access to the vaccine.  Last …

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Will the advent of enhanced restrictions to visits to care homes delay CQC’s return to physical inspections?

Following the Government’s announcement of more restrictions in order to try and manage increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, questions have been raised about how likely the measures will be to impact upon the CQC’s return to “crossing the threshold” to physically inspect health and social care providers. The short answer is that we don’t know …

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Will CQC cross the threshold post-COVID-19? As published in Caring Times September 2020

The CQC’s regulatory regime has historically centred around a schedule of inspections of providers to assure itself of the quality of care offered.  It seems apparent that following the decision to suspend inspections in March 2020 that the CQC will be looking to move away from its historic model of inspections for inspections’ sake.  Its …

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The COVID-19 Winter Plan: Headlines for the adult social care sector

As the pandemic crisis threatens to overwhelm the sector again the Government has released its Winter Plan to help prepare the country for a second wave. Nythan Smith has reflected on this document and highlights the below headlines that will be useful for adult social care providers: £546m additional funding for the Infection Control fund …

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