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Updates to the “Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to the Care Act 2014” guidance

The Department of Health and Social Care guidance “Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to the Care Act 2014” was first published on 31 March 2020 and has now been updated. A copy can be accessed here. From 20 May 2020, the changes made to the guidance reflects the fact that local MPs have been added to the …

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CQC’s first ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) insight report’ published

CQC published its first ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) insight report’ on 19 May 2020. The purpose of the report is to draw attention to COVID-19 related pressures facing the health and social care sector. CQC intends the first insight report to be a regular serious of insight documents. The report draws on information gathered through direct feedback from …

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Occupancy levels in care homes during Coronavirus – provider seeks help

The largest care home operator in the UK has written to social care commissioners to request support to protect its income to the equivalent of 90% occupancy levels.  At least one of the commissioners that it works with has agreed to offer the assistance it has requested. The death rate within its care homes is …

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Poll suggests Government guidance may have contributed to current rate of deaths in care homes

A recent poll by Sky News of care home providers conducted in collaboration with Care North East and the Registered Nursing Homes Association has found that 70% felt pressure from Hospitals to admit residents prior to the current version of government guidance; 41% stated that hospital discharged patients with Covid-19 symptoms and 38% stated that …

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Increase in deaths reported in mental health settings as a result of COVID-19

Figures released by the CQC suggest that there has been a doubling of deaths reported during the period 1 March to 1 May 2020 by mental health providers of detained patients. 106 deaths were reported in these settings with providers confirming that Covid-19 was a cause or a factor within the deaths of 54 people. …

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COVID-19 – provision of information to the CQC to facilitate data collection

The CQC has been ramping up its data collection in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst providers are not currently being required to fill in Provider Information Requests (PIRs) because they have been suspended, the CQC is asking providers to give other information to them, as part of its approach to data collection in light …

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Proposed Local Authority approach to the allocation of temporary funding to meet the increased costs of providing care in the adult social care sector

On 8 April 2020 the LGA and ADASS produced a statement on the temporary funding of social care providers during the pandemic. The primary purpose of the statement is to provide direction to local authorities as to how they might manage the increase in costs that adult social care providers will be incurring as a …

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