Ask the Care Specialists

Welcome to our 'Ask the Care Specialists', your one-stop portal for social care-related questions. Our team of specialists will try to answer as many of your Social Care questions as possible.

Have you got a social care question that you just can't find the answer to? Our team of sector specialists are here to provide you with easy-to-understand top tips on a wide range of topics, from dementia, mental health to employment law or every day operational queries to help you deliver outstanding care.

Our specialists will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends. To learn more about the team visit: https://www.qcs.co.uk/team/

Please note that our specialists cannot offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC. If your query relates to someone who is at risk of harm or in danger you must follow your local safeguarding procedures.







    Latest Questions

    Can my mother be a carer to my special needs daughter?

    Can my mother be a carer to my special needs daughter?

     

    Thank you for your question, you can refer to our previous answer here: https://www.qcs.co.uk/ask-sheila/can-service-users-family-member-work-paid-carer-agency

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    Do we have the right to demand a camera monitor in our daughter’s supported living accommodation?

    Do we have the right to demand a camera monitor in our daughter’s supported living accommodation?

    In a nutshell the answer is no. Not without a legal framework being put in place first.   CQC has published guidance on providers installing CCTV in care services that you may...

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    What qualifications are required to manage a supported living setting?

    What specific qualifications are required to manage a supported living setting?

    You can refer to our previous answer here: https://www.qcs.co.uk/ask-specialists/what-are-the-day-to-day-responsibilities-of-a-supported-living-manager-and-how-many-hours-should-they-work-per-day-and-per-week/

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    Any recognised assessment tools when assessing an older person for a residential home?

    Are there any recognised assessment tools when assessing an older person for a residential home?

    The simple answer here is no. Every service and every provider differ. Electronic assessments, care plans and off the shelf tools would still need to be reviewed and tweaked by...

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    Why is it important for care assistants to wear gloves and aprons when handling food?

    Why is it important for care assistants to wear gloves and aprons when handling food?

    I am unable to comment on your personal or organisational circumstances but for clarity at a local level I suggest you speak to your line manager who will be able...

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    Is it necessary to register with the CQC as an agency that provides workers to health and social care service providers?

    Is it necessary to register with the CQC as an agency that provides workers to health and social care service providers?

    Thank you for your question. That all depends on what sort of agency you are. The CQC scope of registration document here under personal care says; ‘You should not register if you...

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    As a registered manager looking to find another position, is it necessary to re-register when I change location?

    As a registered manager looking to find another position, will it be necessary to re-register when I change location?

    The answer is simply yes. You should also cancel your registration for the location you are currently at once you have left. Thank you.

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    What sort of documentation is needed when setting up a care home?

    What sort of documentation is needed when setting up a care home?

    Thanks for your question. There is a lot to consider and take in on this subject and QCS have covered this before in our Q&A Guide: Successful registration with the...

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    Can the time allocated to care calls be reduced to allow for travel time?

    Can the time allocated to care calls be reduced to allow for travel time?

    If the person posing the question is asking about travel time as working time then my advice would be that we need to take travel time into account when determining...

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    As a service user, if I don’t want unvaccinated staff caring for me, can I voice this or is it considered discriminatory?

    As a service user, if I don’t want unvaccinated staff caring for me, can I voice this or is it considered discriminatory?

    The requirement for all patient-facing workers in health and social care to be double vaccinated against COVID-19 has been dropped, with effect from 15 March 2022. This means that mandatory vaccination...

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