The Government and other bodies such as the Care Providers Alliance are urging health and social care providers to ensure they have done everything they can to prepare for a potential No Deal Brexit on 31 October.
The National Audit Office published a report at the end of September noting that whilst the Department of Health and Social Care had undertaken a lot of work since June 2016 to prepare the sector for leaving the EU, there was still a lot of work to be done before 31 October in respect of the social care sector. For example the report notes that whilst the NHS has taken steps to stockpile medication for immediate use across the healthcare sector, care homes often rely upon non NHS suppliers for supplies of items such as rubber gloves. The Department did not originally advise the social care sector to stockpile such items, but rather advised that care providers should be simply “ready to deal with any disruption”.
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Working in social care with the elderly is likely to mean that there will be occasions when you will be required to assist the coroner. Deaths will inevitably occur whilst providing care in residential and nursing homes and in domiciliary care in circumstances where the Coroner may need to investigate.
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Due to a severe shortage of NHS mental health beds in England, the NHS has been left with no option but to pay private institutions such as the Priory increased sums to provide residential rehabilitation each year.
“The NHS is paying private firms an “eye-watering” £181m a year to look after people with serious mental health problems in units often hundreds of miles from their homes.” – The Guardian.
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A very enjoyable evening yesterday at the National Care Association Summer Reception hosted by Howdens Insurance brokers. We hear a lot of negativity around care services, so it was lovely to spend an evening celebrating all the incredible work that is performed in the care sector.
We heard an interesting address by Caroline Dineage, Minister of State for Health, including a mention of the long-delayed Green Paper on social care – which isn’t going to be published any time soon. The Green Paper is intended to explore the issue of how social care is funded by recipients and consider a range of proposals including a more generous means test, a cap on lifetime care charges and tac-free withdrawals from pension pots. When it is finally published, it will simply set out a range of recommendations for further consultation so any reforms to the current system will be even further down the line. During her address, the Minister also repeated her previous words of caution that, when published, the Green Paper will not solve all the challenges of social care.
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A Royal Commission is currently underway in Australia to examine “Aged Care Quality and Safety”. The Commission began in October 2018, and aims to complete a final report by April 2020. It has wide reaching aims to examine the quality and safety for the elderly living in residential care as well as living at home. This will include examining whether care is substandard, whether there are any systemic failures and how best to deliver care using technology, investment in the sector/workforce and innovative models of care.
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The CQC has recently made changes to the statutory notification forms used by registered providers when notifying the CQC about incidents concerning the following:
- Serious injury
- Allegations of abuse
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As things stand at the time of writing, if the UK Parliament
cannot agree a deal on Brexit, then the UK will leave the EU on 12 April. If a deal can be agreed, then the exist date
will be 22 May to allow time for the required legislation to be passed.
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