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NHS Funding For Care Home Placements To Relieve Bed Pressures

It was very welcome news that a Government summit had recommended implementation of a policy to provide extra “band aid” funding (£200m initially) to assist the relocation of patients from unsuitable hospital accommodation to the more homely and appropriate placement of those people in care homes which are much more suited to their chronic illnesses …

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The DHSC has published updated guidance on visiting care homes

On 22 March 2022, the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) amended its guidance on visiting care homes in England. The guidance titled ‘Guidance on care home visiting’ applies to all residential care homes and replaces previous guidance. The latest guidance reduces the amount of time that care homes need to implement outbreak management …

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Update: Designated settings scheme for people discharged to a care home

On the 7th February 2022 the Department of Health and Social Care published an update to their guidance on people being discharged from hospital to a care home with a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test. The current requirement is for hospitals to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on all people discharged into a care home in …

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CQC insight issue 15 published emphasising care staff vacancies are continuing to rise

CQC in its latest insight issue 15, has published crucial data which highlights the extent of the growing care staff shortage crisis. Within this issue, the CQC has emphasised the rising care staff vacancies, adding to the growing pressure from staff shortage in the social care industry. The CQC conclude, that those affected the most …

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Isolation in the Age of Omicron – How the Rules have Changed for Care Homes

After pleas from the adult social care sector, the government has finally reduced the restrictions which ban new admissions and visitors in care homes after a Covid-19 outbreak from 28 days to 14 days. While there may be concerns about the safety of residents in care homes due to the contagious nature of the Omicron …

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Care Home Visitors limited to three amidst Government Review on its Winter Support Package

Care home residents are set to be limited to three visitors plus an essential care giver under new COVID-19 guidance announced by the government. The definition of an essential care giver is stated on the government’s website as an individual who visits more often, to support the resident’s health and wellbeing. This could include a …

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Visits out of the Care Home – Inconsistencies in Self Isolation Rules

Earlier this month, the Government announced the publication of new supplementary guidance on visits out of care homes. This supplement to earlier guidance on this topic relaxes rules on self-isolation to enable care home residents in England to have more out-of-home visits. From Tuesday 4 May 2021, all care home residents in England will be …

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Considering Mandatory Vaccinations for Care Home Workers

On 14 April 2021 the Government announced it was launching a 5-week consultation on making COVID-19 vaccinations a condition for staff working in care homes with older residents.  This cements the Government’s move from its previous position that vaccinations were “not mandatory and it would be discriminatory to force somebody to take one” (Feb 2021) …

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Care providers see insurance premiums rise as they accept COVID positive service users from hospitals

As the pandemic grows to what would appear to be a critical point, there have been repeated calls for the Government to assist care services with covering the cost of increasing insurance premiums to cover admissions of COVID-positive patients from the NHS and into a care home setting. The Government has provided additional funding, available …

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Dementia charity brings legal challenge against care home visitors guidance

A dementia charity is seeking to judicially review the Government’s decision to publish guidance on visits to care homes. In England, the guidance focuses on giving individual care homes the independence to decide on what specific considerations should be in place in relation to visits. There are different approaches in place for each of the …

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