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02nd February 2022

Dismissing a care home assistant as she refused to be vaccinated was fair and reasonable – a court rules

Napthens LLP Employment Law Specialists

Chris King, Associate Solicitor at Napthens, outlines the case of Allette v Scarsdale Grange Nursing House Ltd and what it means for the future. The Department of Health and Social Care carried out a review on care homes for older adults. Care homes had been significantly affected by the pandemic, not only because of the […]

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01st February 2022

Mandatory Vaccination likely to be scrapped in the coming days

Chris King Employment Law Specialist

Chris King, Associate Solicitor at Napthens unravels what the recent government announcement means for you. Following an announcement last night in the House of Commons by the Health Secretary Sajid Javid, it is looking increasingly likely that the intended mandatory vaccination requirement for continued deployment in front-facing health and social care roles in England is to […]

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01st February 2022

Consultation on removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

Napthens LLP Employment Law Specialists

Regulations making vaccines a condition of deployment (VCOD) for health and social care staff are set to be revoked, subject to public consultation and parliamentary approval, the government has announced. The regulations, announced last year, meant frontline health and social care workers in England would have had to be fully vaccinated by 1 April, needing […]

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27th January 2022

What you need to know about Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD)

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

We have recently launched a VCOD campaign to provide essential information. Abi Spence rounds up why its implementation has, at times, been contentious. DOWNLOAD NOW Alternatively, read it here: Even as I type the words…VCOD I start to feel uneasy. It’s being talked about, marches have been organised against it, and colleagues have fallen out […]

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19th January 2022

Breaking: Plan B COVID-19 Rules to be Lifted

Quality Compliance Systems (QCS)

The government has announced that measures put in place under plan B in England will be lifted. It will also ease further restrictions on visits to care homes and these plans will be set out in the coming days. Self-isolation regulations expire on 24th March, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he expects not […]

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06th January 2022

COVID-19: PCR test not needed after positive lateral flow under temporary new plans in England

Quality Compliance Systems (QCS)

From Tuesday 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate immediately but won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. The announcement by Government is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. It also follows similar announcements in Scotland, […]

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10th December 2021

Plan B COVID Measures for England

Alison Lowerson GP Specialist

New restrictions are being introduced to deal with Omicron The Government has announced a move to Plan B in England following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK. Here is a summary of the changes and how the restrictions may affect you. COVD-19 Vaccination Get vaccinated – it is now more vital […]

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12th November 2021

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations Extended to Health and Social Care Workers

Napthens LLP Employment Law Specialists

Nikita Passi, solicitor at employment specialist Napthens, explains the key facts surrounding the recent government announcement that requires all social care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Government has announced that from 1 April 2022, all health and social care workers working in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have a […]

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09th July 2021

GP Weekly Roundup (Last Update: 09.07.2021)

Quality Compliance Systems (QCS)

In this bulletin: COVID-19 Vaccination Update Acceleration of Second Doses for All Cohorts Infection Prevention Control IPC in Healthcare Settings Lateral Flow Device Distribution Self-Isolation Set to Increase National GP Survey Results Transfer of Patient Records from English GP Practices to GP Practices in Wales National Workforce Reporting Service (NWRS) Social Prescribing for Armed Forces […]

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25th June 2021

GP Weekly Roundup (Last Update: 25.06.2021)

Quality Compliance Systems (QCS)

In this bulletin: CQC: New Monitoring Approach COVID-19 Insight – Learning Disabilities Mythbuster of the Week – Prioritising Home Visits CQC: New Monitoring Approach The CQC is making some changes to how they regulate providers and have just started piloting changes in how they monitor services, before rolling these out to more services from July, and eventually […]

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