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Mandatory Learning Disability & Autism Training Becomes The Law

Regulation 18 – Staff training in Health and Social Care services has changed As of 1 July 2022 new law has been introduced that will impact all health and social care providers registered with the CQC. The Health and Social Care Act 2022 now requires that all providers ensure that their staff have received training …

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Social Care braced for ‘Perfect Storm’ amidst rising costs

On 19 April 2022, a new report published by the disability charity HFT called ‘Annual Sector Pulse Check’ (“The Report”), highlighted the current financial problems which the learning disability social care sector faces. Care providers are struggling financially, with 71% reporting that they are in a deficit, with costs currently exceeding their current levels of …

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CQC’s new Registering the Right Support Guidance published

CQC’s new Registering the Right Support Guidance has been published today called “Right support, right care, right culture”. It outlines three key factors that #CQC expects providers to consider if they want to care for autistic people and/or people with a learning disability: The model of care and setting should maximise people’s choice, control and …

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Councils to be incentivised to discharge LD and autism patients from mental health settings into the community

The Government has today (16 July 2020) announced that £62 million of funding will be given to local councils to accelerate discharge of patients with learning disabilities or autism (or both) from mental health hospitals into the community. Named the Community Discharge Fund, the funding will help to move people with learning disabilities and autistic …

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CQC Reports alarming rise in deaths of people with learning disabilities and autism

The CQC yesterday published statistics which indicate that there has been a significant rise in deaths reported of people with a learning disability and/or autism who are users of services registered with the CQC. Whilst the data used by the CQC has its limitations, the analysis suggests an increase of deaths reported between the period …

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CQC consults on draft new guidance for regulating services for autistic people and people with a learning disability

The CQC are currently consulting on proposed new guidance for Providers of services to autistic people and people with a learning disability. They have published the draft text of the new guidance, plus a set of case studies, and are seeking views from the sector before these are finalised. The CQC proposes to issue this …

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Latest NMC figures reveal that nursing levels are at an all-time high – what impact will this have on health and social care providers?

On 17 December 2019, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published its ‘Mid-year update: 1 April – 30 September 2019’ Register Data Report (“Report”). The latest figures from the Report reveal that between 1 April 2019 to 20 September 2019, the number of nurses, midwives and nursing associates on the NMC register was at an …

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CQC criticised: “A regulator which gets it wrong is worse than no regulator at all”

The House of Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights published its second report earlier this month. The report is critical of the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) and highly critical of the current state of health and social care services for children with learning difficulties and autism. The report proposes a number of recommendations to improve …

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Department of Health proposes mandatory training for all care and health staff who deal with patients with learning disabilities and autism

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday that further mandatory training will be introduced for all care and health staff who deal with patients with learning disabilities and autism. The Government plans to review current training and awareness and determine what additional training may be necessary before it makes changes to the law. …

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