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UPDATE: Guidance On COVID-19 Testing and Isolation Periods in Care Homes

On 20 January 2022, the government updated its guidance on Covid-19 care home testing. Further, on 17 January 2022, the government updated guidance on management of staff and exposed patients as well as admission and care of residents in a care home where there has been a positive Covid-19 case. This will have serious implications …

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CQC Seeks Views from Providers on Guidance for inspectors on Surveillance

The CQC has noted an increase in providers using surveillance like CCTV. CQC is considering whether a new approach to assess how surveillance like CCTV is being used, could support providers to use it in a supportive, monitoring approach, for people using the service. CQC seeks views on this as it looks to publish new …

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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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The Supreme Court Ruling on National Minimum Wage for Sleep-in Shifts – Implications for Providers (as published in Care Home Management Magazine)

On 19 March 2021, the UK Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson Blake. The case concerned payment of National Minimum Wage (NMW) for sleep-in shifts. Specifically, the calculation of time spent by care workers for the purposes of the NMW regulations. The central question to …

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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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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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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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