Nythan Smith

Appealing decisions taken by CQC – Are the odds in the favour of Health and Social Care Providers?

Since August 2016 the CQC has had decisions it has made in respect of the registration of health and social care providers appealed 55 times before the First Tier Tribunal (Care Standards).  Of those 55 occasions, only four appeals have been successful.  This translates to a ‘success rate’ of 92%.  This figure should come with …

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Is CQC changing its approach to encouraging the improvement of health and social care providers?

CQC announced its new strategy on how it will regulate the health and social care sector in the years to come recently. It is light on detail but does provide a framework upon which CQC’s future action will align. CQC attempts, in its strategy, to address the imbalance on its over-emphasis on enforcement to the …

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CQC’s use of criminal prosecutions of health and social care providers

CQC has the ability to prosecute providers criminally for breaches of certain regulations with the one most commonly used being the failure to provide safe care and treatment (Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities Regulations 2014: Regulation 12); but in addition harm or risk of harm must be proved.  Prosecutions that progress through …

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CQC update on designated settings for people discharged from hospital with COVID-19

The CQC has provided an update on the care homes deemed to have the required arrangements in place which it believes are suitable to accept people that have been discharged from hospital with COVID-19. There are a little over 3,000 approved beds of this nature across the country, which is clearly positive and means that …

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Musings on CQC’s proposed strategy on regulating the health and social sector through 2021

CQC announced a consultation on its new strategy to take it from 2021 and beyond recently. In this article I pull out some key observations from this consultation and what impact they may have on the health and social sector. There are some positive measures proposed by the CQC but the one area which appears …

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Older persons’ care home market projections released

There was an 8% decrease in occupancy levels within the older persons’ care home market between March and September 2020. Conservative estimates project that occupancy levels will grow to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023 with the return gradually rising to meet these levels. More aggressive projections  see the market for older people’s care homes …

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Care providers see insurance premiums rise as they accept COVID positive service users from hospitals

As the pandemic grows to what would appear to be a critical point, there have been repeated calls for the Government to assist care services with covering the cost of increasing insurance premiums to cover admissions of COVID-positive patients from the NHS and into a care home setting. The Government has provided additional funding, available …

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Government sets out its plans for vaccinating health and social care sector

In an address to the nation on 4 January 2021, Boris Johnson set out the ambition to vaccinate all care home residents, older adults and all frontline health and social care workers by 15 February 2021. This will be welcomed by the sector and sets an aspirational deadline giving the sector some reassurance as to …

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