Samantha Burges

New Mandatory Training Requirement For All CQC Registered Health And Social Care Providers

The CQC has updated its statutory guidance on compliance with Regulation 18 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This reflects a change in law, as of today (1 July 2022), that requires all health and social care providers registered with the CQC to ensure their staff have received training …

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Receiving and acting on complaints – Could the CQC be due some self-reflection?

An effective complaints system is a key component to ensuring openness and transparency as well as encouraging internal insight within an organisation. In the health and social care sector, this is applicable both to Providers and those that regulate them. However, over the past few years at Ridouts we have noted a dilution in the …

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If Ofsted cancelled your registration would you know what to do?

Many of the children’s home providers we advise at Ridouts are exasperated by the sheer speed at which concerns expressed by Ofsted can escalate into serious enforcement action. Regulatory concerns may start with relatively straightforward recommendations for improvement but quickly escalate to compliance actions and, in the most severe of circumstances, cancellation of registration. It …

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CQC’s New Strategy – What does it say and how will it be implemented?

On 27 May 2021 the CQC launched its new strategy outlining how it plans to change and transform to deliver more effective regulation. While the strategy sets out various high level themes, little is said about how the strategy will actually be implemented and how it could impact registered providers on a day to day …

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Government eases visiting restrictions for those lacking mental capacity

On 27 April 2021 the Department for Health and Social Care updated its guidance and additional guidance on visiting restrictions for those who lack capacity. Essentially the guidance states that face-to-face visits by professionals, for example for DoLS assessments, are an important part of the DoLS legal framework.  Such visits can occur if needed, for …

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Considering Mandatory Vaccinations for Care Home Workers

On 14 April 2021 the Government announced it was launching a 5-week consultation on making COVID-19 vaccinations a condition for staff working in care homes with older residents.  This cements the Government’s move from its previous position that vaccinations were “not mandatory and it would be discriminatory to force somebody to take one” (Feb 2021) …

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Government Consults on Mandatory COVID-19 Jabs for Care Home Staff

The Government have officially announced today that they are consulting on mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for care home staff in England.  The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “The vaccine is already preventing deaths and is our route out of this pandemic. We have a duty of care to those most vulnerable to Covid-19, …

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