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COVID-19 vaccinations in care homes - be prepared

Laura Hannah
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From 11 November 2021, it will be a legal requirement for registered persons, namely those registered as providers and managers with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), to ensure that only people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are permitted to...

CQC prosecute care provider for failing to provide safe care and treatment

Laura Hannah
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It was recently reported that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) prosecuted the registered provider of a residential care home for people with physical and learning disabilities, and those with acquired brain injuries for a failure to provide safe care...

Trading Standards have discovered and seized over a million illegitimate cigarettes in England and Wales this year

Emily Hill
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Welsh Trading Standards teams have been working with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as part of ‘Operation CeCe’, a national Trading Standards initiative, targeting illegal tobacco products. Recent raids carried out across Wales saw not...

Top tips for applying to register a children's home

Francesca Snape
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Ofsted recently published a blog which set out recommendations and tips for completing a successful application to register a children’s home, which can be found here . Currently, Ofsted confirm that the average processing time to register a...

Could your business be subject to the new regulations for fuels?

Brea Carney-Jones
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The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 (‘the regulations’) are made under section 87 of the Environment Act 1995, and they make provision restricting the sale of certain solid fuels, and provide...

Harassment normalised among children, warns Ofsted

Francesca Snape
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Today, Ofsted have published a report summarising their findings and recommendations as a result of their review into safeguarding policies and practices relating to sexual abuse in state and independent schools and colleges. The review was prompted...

5 top tips for preparing for the return of Ofsted inspections

Francesca Snape
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Ofsted have announced the return of graded inspection for some registered early years providers from 4th May. It’s important that providers and settings are fully prepared for the return of inspections. After a year of upheaval due to the COVID-19...

Breaching the duty of candour - CQCs first prosecution of an independent provider

Laura Hannah
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All health and social care providers and managers have a statutory duty of candour in accordance with Regulation 20 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This is a duty to act in an open and transparent way with...

Does a care recruitment agency require CQC registration?

Laura Hannah
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The main purpose of many recruitment businesses in the care sector is to recruit the right individuals into a care setting. For many, this is where their role ends. However, it is becoming increasingly common for these types of businesses to take more of...

Do you require a licence to fell trees?

Brea Carney-Jones
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Believe it or not, tree felling is a legally controlled activity. The Forestry Act 1967 creates the legal framework for felling trees in England and Wales. It mandates that a felling licence is required to fell all “growing”, i.e. living,...

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