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Personal care - the requirement to register and when it goes wrong

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A regulated activity is defined as “an activity which involves, or is connected with, the provision of health or social care in, or in relation to, England." Activities which are considered to be connected with the provision of health or social...

CQC publishes new guidance on relationships and sexuality in adult social care services

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published new guidance on 21st February 2019 for inspection teams and registered adult social care providers that sets out how care providers should consider the relationship and sexuality needs of people using adult...

CQC makes changes to inspection report processes

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On 28 th January 2019, the CQC implemented changes to their inspection report writing template and processes. The CQC state that these changes have been produced with and tested by care providers and inspectors and will apply to all inspection reports in...

CQC issues guidance to care home providers after a resident dies falling from a window

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently published guidance on managing the risk of falls from windows in a care home, as the seventh issue of its ‘learning from safety incidents’ resources. In this issue, the CQC describe an incident...

CQC prosecute care home provider for failing to monitor a resident with a history of sexual assaults

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It was recently reported that the CQC prosecuted a care home provider in the Magistrates Court for failing in its duty to protect people in its care, exposing them to the risk of sexual abuse. The case concerned an allegation that the care...

Can you obtain CQC registration with a conviction?

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It was recently reported that an 82 year old woman was permitted to register as a manager of a 25 bed care home for elderly residents by the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) in 2010, despite the CQC’s knowledge of her previous conviction...

How can I challenge a CQC inspection report?

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Following an inspection by the CQC, the first challenge which providers are likely to encounter is a factual accuracy challenge against a draft inspection report. Before the CQC’s inspection report is published, providers are given the...

The CQC's next phase of regulation - an update on the changes

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Adult social care providers should now be aware of the new assessment framework that was introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in November 2017, following a year of consultations. The CQC published its second consultation response in October 2017...

The new CQC assessment frameworks

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The CQC’s strategy for 2016 to 2021 sets out its aim to achieve a more “targeted, responsive and collaborative approach” so that more people can receive high quality care in the future. The CQC has therefore radically changed its approach...

Letter underlines current regulatory strain for care homes

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The five largest care providers in the UK have expressed huge concerns over the introduction of the National Living Wage in a letter addressed to the Chancellor. It has been widely reported that this could potentially lead to the financial collapse of a...

Paramedic struck off for engaging in sexual activity during 999 call

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Mr G, who was a Paramedic for the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust, was recently struck off by a Panel of the HCPC’s Conduct and Competence Committee. The Panel heard how Mr G attended a 999 call during the course of a night shift at a...

Mental health nurse accused of stealing from vending machine by NMC

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A mental health nurse, Ms Melanie Milner, appeared before a Panel of the Conduct and Competence Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) last week after she was accused of taking 27 cans worth around £9 from a vending machine and sharing...

Trainee doctor erased from GMC register following conviction

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Dr Jonathon Ashton was erased from the GMC medical register recently following a fitness to practice hearing at the Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service. The Panel at the MPTS considered an allegation that Dr Ashton’s fitness to practice was...

Nurse struck off for groping breast enlargement patients

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Gavin Nicholson, a nurse, was convicted of three counts of sexual assault at Newcastle Crown Court and was subsequently referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC considered his fitness to practice at a hearing recently and made a finding...