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Trading Standards find that major retailers continue to sell knives to children

Emily Hill
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Retailers are urged to take more action in order to stop knives being sold to under 18s. Tests carried out by Trading Standards in England and Wales between 1 st April 2018 and 31 st March 2019 found that 344 out of 2231 retailers failed to prevent the...

CQC issue "smiling matters" report on oral health care in care homes

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In 2016, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence issued guidance on oral health care and this made a number of recommendations in relation to oral health care for adults in care homes. However, in a recent report issued by the Care Quality...

PPI deadline imminent - FCA guidance to firms

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) PPI deadline of 29 th August 2019 is fast approaching. There has been widespread advertising both by the FCA and claims management companies advising consumers of the impending deadline. As such it is anticipated that...

Ofsted release helpful guidance on the differences between unregistered and unregulated provisions in social care

Francesca Snape
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There has been a noticed increase in Ofsted’s focus on provisions that are operating without registration in the social care sector for children. However, the situation is not always clear cut as to whether an organisation is required to be...

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

Laura Hannah
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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...

What does Ofsted's new early years inspection framework mean for providers?

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On 14th May 2019, Ofsted published its updated inspection framework, which will be applicable to all education providers from September 2019.  The new framework has been in the pipeline for almost two years and was under public consultation from...

New threshold policy for HCPC fitness to practise investigations

Elizabeth Groom
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In January 2019, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) launched its new threshold policy. This replaced the HCPC’s previous standards of acceptance policy. The new policy launched on 14 th January 2019 and sets out a new approach to how...

Recent changes to the regulation of online pharmacies

Francesca Snape
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The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has recently issued updated guidance for those providing pharmacy services at a distance, including on the internet. The guidance was issued shortly after the GPhC wrote an open letter to the chief executive of the...

GMC pilot scheme: a reduction in the number of full investigations into one-off mistakes by doctors

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Following the completion of a successful two year pilot scheme, the General Medical Council (GMC) will now reduce the number of full investigations they carry out in relation to single clinical mistakes. More than 200 single clinical incident cases were...

Bolton Wanderers issued with prohibition notice under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975

Martin Haisley
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On 2 April 2019, following a meeting with the clubs Safety Advisory Group (SAG), Bolton Wanderers Football Club were issued with a prohibition notice under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (the Act). The SAG, which is made up of representatives from...

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