Nythan Smith

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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The challenge of isolating people in care homes with COVID-19

As the pandemic continues the Government’s changes to guidance also develops. There has been specific focus on how people in care settings will be treated when there is a case of COVID-19 and Nadra Ahmed, the Chair of the National Care Association, has highlighted the difficulty that some providers will face in effectively isolating some …

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How will the care sector fill the void left by EU care workers when UK leaves the European Union?

The care sector is reliant on EU workers, in some parts of the country more than others, and it is likely that a number of those without a properly regularised immigration status could see an impact on the sector’s ability to provide adequate levels of staffing to residents and patients. As we head to the …

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Dementia charity brings legal challenge against care home visitors guidance

A dementia charity is seeking to judicially review the Government’s decision to publish guidance on visits to care homes. In England, the guidance focuses on giving individual care homes the independence to decide on what specific considerations should be in place in relation to visits. There are different approaches in place for each of the …

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