health and social care

Section 64: A Simple Request Or A Formal Obligation?

At Ridouts, when the CQC issue a notice of proposal seeking the imposition of conditions on a provider’s registration, we commonly find ourselves submitting that such extreme measures are unnecessary given the CQC’s powers to make a one-off request for information under Section 64 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (“Act”). But, what …

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Ofsted publishes new code of conduct for inspections

On 1 September 2022 Ofsted published an updated guidance on its code of conduct (“The Guidance”) which provides direction on the conduct of inspectors and the expectations they have for providers. Ofsted have stated that the primary purpose of inspection or regulation under its framework is to bring about improvement in education provision for all …

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The Costs of Rising Energy Prices – How the Energy Crisis will Impact the Health and Social Care Sector

“How can I afford to heat my home this winter?” – That has been the number one question across the nation since the energy price cap started rising. The continued rise in energy costs will prove to have detrimental effects not only on households, but also catastrophic consequences for our health and social care system. …

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NHS and care homes in England to pause routine COVID-19 testing

Most hospital patients and care home residents in England will now no longer be required to undertake regular asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms. This is in accordance with updated guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) published on 24 August 2022 (“The Guidance”). The Guidance takes effect from 31 …

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Age UK Survey shows over 65s largest fear is cost of living crisis alongside lack of investment in NHS and Social Care

On 17 August 2022 Age UK conducted a survey (“The Survey”) among over 65s in the UKs population to establish the priorities for the next Conservative prime minister. The Survey which had 14,021 responses among over 65s, established that the greatest problem identified by more than half of participants (57%) said help with the cost …

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Staff shortages in the NHS and social care pose ‘serious risk’ to both workforce and patients

The NHS and social care face the greatest workforce crisis in their history. This is further compounded by the absence of a credible government strategy to tackle the situation according to MP Jeremy Hunt, who is also Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. The persistent understaffing is posing a serious risk to …

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Evidence On Costs Associated With NHS-Funded Nursing Care In 2021 To 2022

In November 2021, a cost collection survey was sent out by the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) to gather evidence in relation to the cost to care homes of providing NHS-funded nursing care (“FNC”) in 2021 to 2022. The subsequent evidence was used to inform the retrospective payments to reflect additional costs associated …

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Government announces delays to social care reform by 18 months

Care Minister Gillian Keegan has announced that the Government is delaying self-funders access to lower local authority fee rates by 18 months. In a statement on Thursday 7 July 2022, Gillian Keegan outlined that following consultation on the implementation of change with local authorities, the Government has decided to utilise the extension of section 18(3) …

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