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

Laura Hannah
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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

Laura Hannah
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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...

No-deal Brexit: FCA regulated firms should ensure that they are prepared for all outcomes

Carl Johnson
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With the United Kingdom due to leave the European Union on 29th March 2019 and no deal presently in place to govern the transition period which is due run to 31st December 2020, firms and regulated persons should ensure that they have contingencies in...

Ofsted successful in appealing High Court decision which ruled their complaints procedure was unfair

Francesca Snape
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The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Ofsted, allowing their appeal against a decision of the High Court in 2017, which ruled their complaints procedure was unfair for those schools judged to require special measures or have serious weaknesses. The Court...

Tougher and more robust systems in place for taxi licenses in order to protect public safety

Emily Hill
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Councils in England and Wales are currently encouraged to check criminal records and take a ‘strong stance’ on previous offences, such as sexual assault or rape, when drivers apply for taxi licences. Essentially, current guidelines allow...

CQC concerned as more than half of London's care homes fail fire safety inspection

Brea Carney-Jones
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The London Fire Brigade (the brigade) has warned of a risk to the elderly as 101 out of 177 premises are told to address safety concerns. The concerns follow a one-off series of in-depth fire safety inspections by the brigade in light of a number of...

FIFA's proposed solidarity payment reform

Martin Haisley
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In September 2018, the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee gave its backing to a ‘ground breaking reform package of the transfer system’. This included a number of suggested amendments to the current system, such as the creation of a...

NMC approves changes to English language requirements for international nurses and midwives

Elizabeth Groom
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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recently proposed changes to the requirements for nurses and midwives from outside the UK taking the International Language Test System (IELTS), as part of the NMC’s international registration process. ...

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

Laura Hannah
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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

Laura Hannah
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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 home had...

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