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The consequences of failing to register with the CQC

Laura Hannah
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It was recently reported that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) prosecuted a woman who had been running a domiciliary care agency and providing the regulated activity of ‘personal care’ without CQC registration. It is a criminal offence to...

Infection prevention and control: the CQC's IPC inspection and monitoring

Laura Hannah
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It would be an understatement to say that 2020 had been a difficult and challenging year for the adult social care sector. The emergence of a global pandemic brought about significant change to the way in which care homes had to operate, as well as the way...

How road transport operators can be affected by environmental enforcement action

Brea Carney-Jones
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The road transport sector has become increasingly involved in waste management, whether it be as carriers of waste materials and/or as those engaged in recycling and disposal operations. However, there have been a number of changes to environmental...

The Environment Agency's approach to regulation and enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic

Brea Carney-Jones
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As with all regulatory bodies, the Environment Agency (EA) recognise the difficulties businesses are facing as a result of COVID-19. However, it is important to note that COVID-19 is not an excuse to operate illegally. You must be aware of your continued...

PSA release guidance on conducting fitness to practise hearings during pandemic

Carl Johnson
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The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) has released detailed guidance for health and social care regulators on conducting fitness to practise hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic. The PSA oversees regulators such as the ...

Sexual misconduct by healthcare practitioners - key themes

Carl Johnson
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Sexual misconduct in health and social care is, thankfully, a rare occurrence. In a small minority of cases however, professionals can seriously breach physical or sexual boundaries with their patients or colleagues. Not only can such cases have a...

Could coronavirus be transmitted through frozen foods?

Alison Marriott
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Of particular concern during this pandemic has been the apparent emergence of food manufacturing plants as high risk environments for outbreaks of Covid-19 amongst employees. In particular, meat processing plants and abattoirs have seen high volumes...

More coronavirus inspections by the Health & Safety Executive?

Alison Marriott
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As the country faces the prospect of a second lockdown in light of rising infection rates and a prediction of significantly increased hospital admissions, the government has updated the protection advice to the public in order to reduce the spread of...

The CQC's first prosecution for a breach of duty of candour

Laura Hannah
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It was recently reported that the CQC prosecuted University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust for breaching the duty of candour, contrary to Regulation 20 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This is the first reported...

Food Standards Agency launches 'Here to Help' campaign

Emily Hill
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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have implemented a practical guide for businesses so they are aware of how to register, re-open and adapt to the way they trade during COVID-19. During the national lockdown, it is the case that many established...

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