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So now the Covid-19 claims might be coming, what should providers do?

Covid-19 is leaving many casualties in its wake. This is not limited to the human casualties. Many companies will have gone out of business. Many contracts will have, technically been breached and people will have suffered loss and damage. Many employees will have lost their jobs, or had changes of terms imposed on them. People …

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Ridouts secures large settlement sum for a provider in fee dispute case against a Local Authority

In a recent fee dispute case against a local authority, Ridouts was able to successfully argue a point of law which meant that the Local Authority was obliged to pay outstanding fees dating back three years. Fee disputes can be costly, stressful and time consuming for providers. Issuing proceedings at Court should normally be a …

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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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A reminder to providers: Ofsted to resume “Assurance Visits”

Ofsted will resume visits to children’s services again this month. Most visits were suspended in March 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions but in August 2020, Ofsted confirmed that visits to children’s services would be resuming again from 1 September 2020. These “Assurance Visits” will be undertaken as part of Ofsted’s phased return to routine inspections. …

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A warning from CQC – ensure your fire safety measures have not been compromised

On 7 August 2020, CQC sent out its regular COVID-19 update email to adult social care providers. One of the topics covered in the email bulletin was ‘making sure your building is safe from fire’. The email stated that, “Due to the ongoing coronavirus risks, measures have been put in place in many care homes …

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50% of CQC inspections during the COVID-19 period were informed by whistleblowers – should you be reviewing your governance systems?

According to CQC’s board meeting minutes of 15 July 2020, 50% of CQC’s physical inspections were informed by whistleblowers during the COVID-19 period, which demonstrates that CQC is taking whistleblowing disclosures very seriously. The 15 July 2020 board meeting minutes also stated that “…In the month of May we completed seven inspections due to intelligence …

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Best interests decisions: A COVID-19 quick guide

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (“SCIE”) published guidance in July 2020 titled, “Best interests decisions: A COVID-19 quick guide” (“SCIE guidance”).  The SCIE guidance explains that application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the “MCA”) in practice has been challenging due to the implications of COVID-19 and sets out how best interests decisions should …

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CQC’s strategy towards Smarter Regulation: Is a change in culture on the cards?

As we have reported on previously, the CQC are currently considering their forward thinking strategy and aim to move towards a strategy of “Smarter Regulation”. Their goal is, they say: “to make regulation simpler but dynamic to reflect the changes in health and social care we can anticipate, as well as those we cannot. We …

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New Immigration Bill will negatively affect the Social Care Sector

The Government’s proposed post-Brexit immigration bill is currently going through its stages in the House of Commons, having passed its first hurdle with support of a majority of MPs. The bill repeals EU freedom of movement and introduces a new framework for who can come to live and work in the UK. It is not …

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