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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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Concern regarding the continuation of virtual visits to “looked after children”

UK Parliament’s Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has published a report on concerns about the extended relaxation of statutory requirements under the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (Adoption and Children Regs 2021), SI 2021/261, relating to children’s social care. During the early part of the coronavirus pandemic, The Department of Education (DfE) introduced temporary …

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Mencap and UNISON seek urgent reform of minimum wage legislation affecting ‘sleep-in’ shifts

Last month the Supreme Court ruled that care providers do not have to pay staff the National Minimum Wage when working ‘sleep-in’ shifts. Reports of the Low Pay Commission (“LPC’) were considered in great detail by the Supreme Court. Both Mencap and UNISON, who were on opposing sides during the case, are now calling upon …

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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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NMC launches consultation on draft education standards for community and public health nursing

On 8 April 2021, the Nursing & Midwifery Council (“NMC”) launched a consultation on new draft education standards for community and public health nursing in the UK. The education standards for specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) and specialist practice qualifications (SPQs) were last updated over 15 years ago and the NMC has said that …

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DHSC states: local authorities to receive funding of around £3bn to help manage the impact of COVID-19

On 1 April 2021, Helen Hayes (Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood) asked the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care the written question, “…what assessment he has made of the effect of the Infection Control Fund on supporting care homes with their infection prevention control measures during the covid-19 outbreak; and what assessment he …

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CQC publishes its review of DNACPR decisions during COVID-19

The CQC has today published its review and recommendations following the special review it conducted into concerns that ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decisions were being applied to groups of people, rather than taking into account each person’s individual circumstances during the COVID- 19 pandemic. Concerns included that that DNACPR decisions were being made …

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