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The Priory Group are fined £300,000 for breaching health and safety law

Following the death of Amy El-Keria in 2012, The Priory Group has been fined £300,000 by the Health and Safety Executive. Amy was 14 years old when she died at one of the Priory’s hospitals near Tunbridge Wells. The private mental health care company indicated a guilty plea after being charged under health and safety …

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Care Minister discusses EU care workers’ rights after Brexit

Caroline Dinenage, Care Minister, has written an exclusive piece for carehome.co.uk on the topical matter of Brexit and EU care workers. An issue on most provider’s minds will be what the impact Brexit could have on their workforce and the wellbeing of the service users’ they care for. Caroline mentions that high staff turnover is …

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Ombudsman finds council’s decision to stop majority of DoLs assessments left 3,000 without legal protection

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found that a decision by Staffordshire council has left thousands of people with no or delayed access to proper legal protection. The council decided to stop assessing low and medium priority DoLs applications it received from care homes after the council created its own guidance for ranking …

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Health Secretary announces EU workers’ registration will be recognised after Brexit

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has said that recognition of qualifications and registrations of EU workers is possible after Brexit. Changes via legislation introduced by the Department of Health and Social Care will mean health and social care workers with professional qualifications from EU institutions can continue to work in the NHS and social care …

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CQC’s inspection team is shrunk to make room for money for technology

The Care Quality Commission has decided to shrink its hospital inspection team in order to free up money to spend on new technology. CQC’s overall budget will be cut by £6m in 2019/20 due to the cuts. This will release money for internal transformation and meet a reduction in funding from the government. It is …

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A number of major care provider bodies argue care homes are ‘ill-equipped’ for DoLs replacement.

A number of the major care provider bodies have produced an analysis of the governments revised impact assessment of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which would introduce LPS. Their argument is that care homes and their staff would be inadequately trained and funded to carry out the roles under the new framework that would replace …

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CQC issue guidance on relationships and sexuality in adult social care services

The CQC have issued the first guidance of its kind on relationships and sexuality in adult social care services. The guidance sets out that inspectors will check to see if person-centred care is being carried out for sexual needs by all adult social care providers including care homes. The guidance is called ‘Relationships and Sexuality …

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Care sector has highest staff turnover of all sectors in the UK

Given that recruiting and retaining staff within the social care sector is difficult, it should not come as a surprise that it has the highest staff turnover rate of all sectors in the UK. According to the “Social Care Workforce Study”, completed recently, in order to meet the increasing demand of staff, there would need …

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Health Service Journal – March 2019 – CQC Issue New Draft Guidance on Factual Accuracy Process, but what does it mean for providers?

It has been nearly two years since the CQC last issued guidance on their factual accuracy process. During this time, it has been noticeable to providers and solicitors who work in this field that inspectors tire of parts of the guidance. It should come as no surprise then that CQC have issued new draft guidance …

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