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30th October 2019

Regulatory Returns

Emily Watts Domiciliary Care Policy Lead

  Everywhere we look there is the need for information to be gained from us, a simple trip to the shops...

30th October 2019

What do I need to prove to be outstanding?

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

  What do I need to prove to be outstanding? It can feel kind of tough to work out what CQC are...

28th October 2019

The Benefits of Nature in Dementia Care

Katie Farrar Occupational Therapist

    “Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen I’ve been enjoying some R&R...

30th September 2019

Sleeping on the Job: Should ‘sleep-in’ staff receive National Minimum Wage?

Kaine Davey Napthens LLP - Employment Law Adviser

  In 2018 the Court of Appeal held that ‘sleep-in’ care workers in residential accommodation are not entitled to the National...

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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA)

Latest Question

Can I employ a 16 year old to work in my care setting who wants to gain experience in the Care Sector?

Hi Sheila,

I employ 12 people who work always on a 2:1 ratio with my disabled son. I have been approached by a staff member who has a 16 year old daughter who wants to gain experience in care work. As she would always be supervised and after training would she be able to assist with bathing and pad changes? This all happens within my adapted home, not a care home setting.

  Dear Nigel,   Thank you for your question.   As you know you do not have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) because as is set out in the CQC document,...

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Policy Updates

Updated: 19th February 2019

Access to Information Policy and Procedure

Administration Communications Region: | Reference: NIAC01
Updated: 19th February 2019

Illegal Drug Misuse in the Service User’s Home Policy and Procedure

Care Management Care Practice Region: | Reference: NICC104
Updated: 19th February 2019

Consumption of Alcohol Policy and Procedure

Administration Registration & Compliance Region: | Reference: NIAR43
Updated: 19th February 2019

Distribution of Safety Alert Broadcasts, Rapid Response Reporting and Safety Notices Policy and Procedure

Administration Business Operations Region: | Reference: NIAB32
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