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UPDATE: Mandatory Vaccinations in the Health and Social Care Sector

In July I wrote about mandatory vaccinations in the Health and Social Care sector. At that time the new regulations were recently approved changing the law whereby a provider of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home which provides accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care, can only deploy staff who have …

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Who’s Right, Who’s wrong – Should COVID-19 Vaccines be Mandatory?

Following speculation and reports that the Secretary of State has decided to mandate Covid 19 vaccination for NHS workers, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said the following: “The Covid vaccination programme has been a huge success with almost 45 million over 16s fully vaccinated In the UK, showing that overall …

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Ofsted Launches Consultation for Children’s Homes and Residential Holiday Schemes

The consultation period which runs from 2nd November to 24th January 2022 contains proposals on Ofsted’s new inspection arrangements for children’s homes and residential holiday schemes. The newly launched consultation, is regarding new arrangements for interim children’s home inspections and inspections of residential holiday schemes for disabled children (RHSDCs) Ofsted are imploring anybody with an …

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How the £162.5 million Government grant will impact the Social Care Workforce

With the deadline looming for all care home workers to be fully vaccinated, providers are experiencing increased burdens on them, both financially and legally, in order to keep their services running in line with the law and regulations. Staffing Situation Currently Currently the care industry is seeing vacancy rates increase rapidly – nearly doubling from …

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GP Practices & Online Primary Care Services – CQC registration

Any individual, partnership or organisation providing a regulated activity in England must be registered with the CQC. This means that GP practices and independent consulting doctors are required to be registered with the CQC. Online primary care services in England which deliver a regulated activity by online means (via text, sound, images or other digital …

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Whistleblowing Disclosures On The Rise – How Effective Are Your Governance Systems?

Introduction In the latest 2020-2021 healthcare professional regulators whistleblowing report, whistleblowing disclosures have risen to 192 from 107 in the previous year. This substantial increase has largely been attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic, but is also indicative of a rising trend of whistleblowing within the health and social care sector, due to a growing divide …

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