CQC Books Testing Appointments For Nearly 12,500 Care Staff
The CQC has been contacting care providers. They have been inviting care staff, who are self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms, to attend an appointment for testing. The tests will take place at one of the national drive-through test centres. Plymouth’s drive-through test centre is located in the old old Seaton Barracks at Crownhill.
The tests will give staff more peace of mind about their own safety, and that of their families and the people they care for. Similarly, staff who test negative will be able to return to work. This will relieve the pressure services are currently facing.
The CQC is piloting a scheme this week so staff can order home testing kits. This is being undertaken to support staff who cannot access the drive-through testing site, as they do not have a car.
Other measures CQC has taken to support adult social care include:
- designing and launching a regular data collection on COVID-19 related pressures from services providing care for people in their own homes.
- responded to concerns raised by Care Providers that advance care plans could apply to groups of people. The CQC issued a joint statement with the British Medical Association, Care Provider Alliance and Royal College of General Practice. In it they make it clear that this practice is unacceptable. Decisions must be made based on an individual basis according to need.
About the Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve. They monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.
Hearing from people in care and their loved ones about what they are experiencing has also never been more important – people can get in touch with CQC directly through the Give feedback on care form on its website or by calling the CQC contact centre on 03000 616161.