The effective management of infection risk in care homes
202009.18

The effective management of infection risk in care homes

CQC’s latest infection control guidance The Care Quality Commission recently published their guidance on infection prevention and control to look at how well staff and residents living in care homes are protected from infection (key line of enquiry S5) and to help providers and managers plan ahead for the anticipated next wave of the pandemic…

Is CQC about to adopt a covert surveillance culture?
202009.18

Is CQC about to adopt a covert surveillance culture?

Neil Grant recently had an article titled “Is CQC about to adopt a covert surveillance culture?” published in Caring Times. Read the full article below or download the PDF. As far as I am aware, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) does not currently carry out covert surveillance of care providers. On the CQC website, the…

CQC’s transformation continues apace
202008.06

CQC’s transformation continues apace

As you all know, CQC’s Emergency Support Framework came into force on Monday 4 May 2020, with details about it being published for the first time the previous Friday. However, it is now on the way out. From September 2020, CQC says it is hoping to introduce a new “transitional methodology.” In the Executive Team…

Inquests resulting from COVID-19 deaths in care homes
202005.12

Inquests resulting from COVID-19 deaths in care homes

Care Management Matters recently published an article where Neil Grant – Partner & Health and Social Care Solicitor – and Joshua Morrison – Regulatory Solicitor – shared tips for avoiding inquests around COVID-19 deaths in care homes following the Chief Coroner’s latest guidance. Read the full article here.

CQC’s Emergency Support Framework
202005.05

CQC’s Emergency Support Framework

Introduction On Friday 1 May, CQC published details of what it calls its Emergency Support Framework (“ESF”), setting out how it will interact with providers and managers during the pandemic and for an undefined period thereafter. I am pleased to see this at long last as I have been asking CQC for sight of it…

COVID -19: Its effects on healthcare professionals
202003.27

COVID -19: Its effects on healthcare professionals

It is clear that Covid-19 is having and will continue to have a significant impact upon the usual working practices of all healthcare professionals. Changes to Practice for Medical Practitioners The BMA, NHS England and NHS Improvement have recently advised all GP practices to move to triaging all patients over the telephone or online before…

Adult Social Care and Covid-19
202003.10

Adult Social Care and Covid-19

Government ministers have sought to reassure the public that the UK’s pandemic planning is amongst the best in the world. Clearly it helps that there is a National Health Service which is geared up to dealing with emergencies and is used to taking orders from above. In addition, Rishi Sunak, the new Chancellor, announced on…

Responding to CQC draft reports
202002.25

Responding to CQC draft reports

The draft report arrives in your in-box and you have ten working days to respond. How should you manage the factual accuracy process to get the most out of it? First, you should nominate someone to lead on the process. It might be the registered manager or the nominated individual, depending on the nature of…

piCalculator
201911.25

piCalculator

Here at Gordons Partnership LLP, we defend complex and high value medical litigation and therefore in order to advise our clients as accurately and efficiently as possible, we use sophisticated software. piCalculator is used countrywide to improve the production of schedules of loss and to quantify general and special damages for Claimants and Defendants to…