Oliver Brown

Why Being Organised And Retaining Evidence Is Important, Now More Than Ever For Providers

With a new inspection strategy, the CQC are shifting from regular routine inspections to one based on risk, underpinned by data collection. The health and social care sector, however, should be judged, in part, on service users’ experiences and the level of care they receive which is extremely difficult to capture based on data collection …

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Staff shortages in the NHS and social care pose ‘serious risk’ to both workforce and patients

The NHS and social care face the greatest workforce crisis in their history. This is further compounded by the absence of a credible government strategy to tackle the situation according to MP Jeremy Hunt, who is also Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. The persistent understaffing is posing a serious risk to …

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Concerns over damaging impact of staff shortages on children’s social care

On 27 July 2022 Ofsted published a report entitled ‘Children’s social care 2022: recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic’ (“The Report”). The report investigates the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to children’s social care, using focus groups, inspections, and interviews with inspectors to aid the investigation. The report concluded that the pandemic has …

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Government opens consultation in relation to Down Syndrome Act 2022 guidance

The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) has opened a consultation, inviting people with Down’s syndrome, including their families, professionals and charities to share their experiences and expertise. The evidence gathered will help to develop the new Down Syndrome Act 2022 statutory guidance which authorities will follow. The new legislation and supporting statutory guidance …

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Government announces delays to social care reform by 18 months

Care Minister Gillian Keegan has announced that the Government is delaying self-funders access to lower local authority fee rates by 18 months. In a statement on Thursday 7 July 2022, Gillian Keegan outlined that following consultation on the implementation of change with local authorities, the Government has decided to utilise the extension of section 18(3) …

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NHS patients in England to be offered chance to travel for surgery

NHS patients in England who have been waiting for more than two years for surgery are being offered hospital treatment in alternative parts of the country. Subsequently, more than 6,000 long term waiting list patients are being offered travel costs and accommodation costs in an attempt to tackle the NHS backlog. The aim of this …

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Polio virus detected in London sewage samples – will this result in an influx of Vaccinations for GPs?

On 22 June 2022, the UK’s Health authorities declared a national incident regarding the detection of the polio virus in London sewage and as such, have informed the World Health Organisation (“WHO”). This is following the United Kingdom’s Health Security Agency (“UKHSA”) finding traces of the polio virus in samples collected from the London Beckton …

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