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

    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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    What type of material used in soft furnishings is best for infection prevention and control?

    What type of material used in soft furnishings is best for infection prevention and control?

    Thanks for your question. This is not the first time we have been asked advice on this topic and I have included our previous response below from one of our...

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    Do youth cautions show on an Enhanced with Barred Lists DBS check?

    Do youth cautions show on an Enhanced with Barred Lists DBS check?

    Thank you for your question. The DBS Filtering Guidance says ‘Youth cautions, warnings and reprimands will not be disclosed automatically on a Standard or Enhanced DBS certificate.’ However, it is also...

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    As an independent carer, how do I become CQC registered?

    As an independent carer, how do I become CQC registered?

    To enable you to be registered with CQC you need to be a provider of care.  This means as an individual, company or other legal entity, you are delivering care...

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    Can a family member of a Service User work as a paid carer under the same care agency and provide care for their family member?

    Can a family member of a Service User work as a paid carer under the same care agency and provide care for their family member?

    Can a husband and wife who are carers looks after the same person?

    Can a husband and wife who are carers looks after the same person?

    As someone who has experienced this issue as a manager there are a few points to consider with this question.   Every employer and organisation will have a different policy on this...

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    I work in a care home. Would I be sacked if I came to work knowing I had just tested positive for COVID?

    I work in a care home. Would I be sacked if I came to work knowing I had just tested positive for COVID?

    If you come into work having tested positive for COVID-19, this could be considered gross misconduct and therefore could result in your dismissal without notice. This is because you would...

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