Regulation and Legislation

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes - guidance 
Published 15 May 2020 | Last updated 1 April 2021 — see all updates
Sets out the support package to keep care homes safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) - guidance 
Published 25 August 2020 | Last updated 1 April 2021 — see all updates
Information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support.

CQC COVID-19 Insight report - Issue 9 23.03.2021
The Care Quality Commission has published two new reports: the most recent COVID-19 Insight report and findings from our latest provider collaboration review (PCR). These share findings from activity in urgent and emergency care over the pandemic.

CQC COVID-19 Insight report - Issue 8. 24.02.2021
In this month’s report, we look at the evidence so far about how urgent and emergency care services have been affected by the pandemic during this winter, and discuss what action CQC is taking to provide constructive support.

CQC COVID-19 Insight report - Issue 7. 20.01.2021
In this month’s report, we share further data on the designated settings scheme for adult social care, and also look into more detail on data on deaths from COVID-19.We want these insight reports to help everyone involved in health and social care to work together to learn from the pandemic.

CQC COVID-19 insight report - Issue 6. 15.12.2020
CQC have published their latest monthly insight report. This edition looks at regional data CQC have on designated settings (these are care homes and other places where people with a COVID-positive test result can be discharged safely from hospital). 

Coronavirus Act report: January 2021 - Corporate report 
Published 28 January 2021
The fifth two-monthly report on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active.

Regulating coronavirus (COVID-19) testing - CQC 15.12.2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing providers no longer need to register with CQC.
On 15 December 2020, the law changed. Coronavirus testing has been exempted as a regulated activity under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan - Policy paper 14.12.2020
How the government will support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

Designated settings for COVID-19 patients leaving hospital CQC - 08.12.2020
CQC are working with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and individual care providers to provide assurance of safe and high-quality care in designated settings, which are part of a scheme to allow people with a COVID-positive diagnosis to be discharged safely from hospitals.

Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2019/20: The Mental Health Act in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - report 26.11.2020
Monitoring the Mental Health Act is our annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA). It looks at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patients' rights are being protected.

Notification forms 
CQC are making changes to their notification forms to make them easier for you to use and improve the quality of information collected. The death of a service user notification form has now been updated, with other forms being updated soon. 

To make sure submitting a notification to us is as easy for you as possible, make sure you are using the latest form either by downloading from the CQC website each time you submit a notification or accessing through the provider portal.

State of Care - report 16.10.2020
State of Care is CQC's annual assessment of health care and social care in England. The report looks at the trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve.

CQC outlines plans to monitor infection prevention and control (IPC) over winter 09.10.2020
CQC has updated their approach to monitor infection prevention and control (IPC) over winter. This includes IPC inspections in hospital and adult social care locations, with an update on publishing the first 400 reports from this work. Read the full news story and find more information on CQC IPC reports on CQC website. 

Joint statement from CQC’s Chief Inspectors, and Deputy Chief Inspector and lead for mental health services 16.09.2020
This statement sets out how we will regulate during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From 6 October, we will begin to roll out our transitional regulatory approach, starting with adult social care and dental services.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to the Care Act 2014 - guidance 
Published 31 March 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020 — see all updates
Changes to the Care Act 2014 to help local authorities prioritise care and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Access to hospital care and treatment for older and disabled people living in care homes and in the community during the pandemic 
It is vitally important that older and disabled people living in care homes and in the community can access hospital care and treatment for COVID-19 and other conditions when they need it during the pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): verifying death in times of emergency - guidance 05.05.2020

The Care Act and the ‘easements’ to it 30.04.2020
When a local authority decides to use the easements, CQC will speak to them to understand the reasons for the decision. They will ask them what impact they expect the decision to have on adult social care services in the area. CQC will use this information to help prioritise monitoring of providers. CQC has also published the list of local authorities using the easements.