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CQC Inspections Planned for 2022

CQC Inspections Planned for 2022

Following a recent announcement about increased CQC inspections, if you are a new registered company or a provider stuck on the ‘Requires Improvement’ rating, the CQC may be about to pay you a visit. The CQC have made it very clear that they do not intend to carry out a programme of ‘Routine frequency-based’ inspections, […]

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Mandatory Vaccination Checks in the Recruitment Process

Mandatory Vaccination Checks in the Recruitment Process

On 11th November 2021 amendments to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 came into force, mandating full vaccination of staff employed in registered care homes, unless they are exempt. The new rules also extend to any professionals visiting the homes, for example, inspectors, tradespeople, social workers and hairdressers. We review these recent amendments and […]

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Unpaid Carers Leave | An Employers HR Guide

Unpaid Carers Leave | An Employers HR Guide

In 2020, the Government consulted on the introduction of new Carer’s Leave into workplaces to support employees with caring responsibilities. It seems likely that this will be passed into law but the timeframes are not yet clear. The current Government stance is that it will be implemented when ‘parliamentary time allows’ however it is useful […]

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Unvaccinated Workers in Care Homes – What Employers Need to Know

Unvaccinated Workers in Care Homes – What Employers Need to Know

Following on from our previous article where we discussed new legislation being brought in by the Government making it unlawful for workers to enter care homes who have not received both vaccinations from 11th November 2021 onwards, we review what practical steps employers should be taking relating to unvaccinated workers. This is not limited to […]

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Compulsory Vaccination Legislation & Care Home Workers

Compulsory Vaccination Legislation & Care Home Workers

As of 11th November 2021, compulsory vaccination legislation * will come into force requiring that anyone aged 18 years and over who is working in a care home must have had the full course of coronavirus vaccinations, unless they have a medical exemption. Care homes in England must ensure they are adhering to the legislation […]

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Sleep Ins & Calculating the National Minimum Wage

Sleep Ins & Calculating the National Minimum Wage

Last month, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment on the two joined cases of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersad & Another which related to the thorny issue of ‘sleep ins’ and whether workers should be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for the duration of the shift, or only for […]

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Adult Social Care Action Plan | COVID-19 Essential Guide

Adult Social Care Action Plan | COVID-19 Essential Guide

On the 15th April 2020, the Government published a new ‘action plan’ for the Adult Social Care Sector. The new plan also includes expansion of the care workforce through a recruitment campaign that will be backed by a new online learning platform to up-skill new care workers. Main Aims of the Adult Social Care Action […]

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COSHH Safe Storage of Hazardous Products | Essential H&S Guide

COSHH Safe Storage of Hazardous Products | Essential H&S Guide

A recent fatality in the Care Sector highlights the need for all organisations to ensure they have effective COSHH safe storage procedures in place. The care home responsible was fined £270,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and 33 (1)a of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The HSE prosecution follows […]

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