CQC publishes reports on the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19)

CQC publishes reports on the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its insight report, which highlights how to identify and respond to the risks of closed cultures, as well as an article on coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention in care homes. The report stated that risks can accumulate behind closed cultures, therefore, the CQC must proactively review information on services which could be at risk of developing a closed culture. This includes reviewing whistleblowing concerns and feedback on the quality of care from customers, carers and staff. The CQC has begun initiating focused inspections, issuing notices to restrict admission and ensuring people are relocated to other services.

The CQC also published two reports on the provision of cancer services and care for those with learning disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic. It found that online solutions were not ideal for some consultations and to make a diagnosis, but local systems did collaborate to prioritise personalised care despite the pandemic. The report found that staff feared burning out given the backlog and that the risk of increasing inequalities of cancer patients has increased. The second report found that local authorities have taken proactive steps to provide support to those with disabilities. However, the pandemic has highlighted pre-existing issues and new challenges, which include finding an inclusive transition from child to adult services, understanding the long-term effects of service disruption given the pandemic and offering people a balance of remote and face-to-face care based on their needs.

The insight report can be found here and the report concerning cancer is available here. The report on disabilities can be read here.

Sources:

• Taking action to prevent infections and protect people from closed cultures

• CQC publish provider collaboration reviews looking at cancer services and care for people with a learning disability

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