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Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Is it Necessary to Notify the CQC of the Death of a Service User who Passes Away in Hospital?

If a service user passes away in hospital and not in the Care Home does the care home still have to notify the CQC as a 'notification of death of a service user'?

Dear E,

Thank you for your question which is not as straightforward as I would have expected.

My initial thought was that the answer should be yes, you should submit a notification.

The CQC guidance does not seem to be very clear so this confirms my first thoughts.

I talked to colleagues about this and we were agreed.

The notification form asks for the place of death but I think that your care home is the person's place of residence and therefore to be confident that the notification has been made you should send a completed notification form.

In case of future questions about any care too I think it is important that you notify CQC.

With best wishes,

Sheila


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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.

Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.







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