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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...

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...

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