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CQC Compliance for Health and Social Care

I know, I know, you don’t want to hear, read, or discuss the Brexit ever again! If only. Well, we are in a situation which is changing almost daily. The government is now clearly in preparation for a No Deal exit. In order for your care home or domiciliary agency to remain CQC compliant there are several things that need to be considered and some that should be actively pursued to keep you on the compliance track.

Staying Up To Date for CQC Compliance

Consider how best to do this, pertinent to the size of your Heath and Social Care organisation.  Consider a Brexit Reviewer, who would check government guidance, keep in touch with the L.A. and C.C.G. in your area, both of whom have been told to have a Brexit point of contact. These are the two important areas as providers, as they cover medicine supply. Those who employ E.U. nationals need to comply with staffing requirements which are already thrown into confusion. The Home Secretary Pritti Patel announced that the free movement of people will end on October 31st is being considered, even though no replacement system is ready.

CQC Compliance Care Homes and Domiciliary

Business contingency needs to be updated to reflect Brexit risks.

E.U. nationals employed in the UK need to register under the E.U. Settlement Scheme. This scheme has 2 gateways:

  • Settled Status is for those who have been here more than 5 years.
  • Pre Settled Status is for those who have been here less than 5 years.

The scheme is available online with a current end date of 31/12/20 to complete the registration process.  With the possibility of free movement ending on October 31st 2019, those eligible for the scheme should be encouraged to register to ensure a smooth entry back into the UK after October 31st, just in case.

For providers who belong to local or national associations, these are also a good source of information and advice.  Remember too, that if you decide that the risks are high enough to disrupt services, the CQC should be notified, in order to keep CQC compliant.

Regardless of political views or affiliations, Operation Yellowhammer has outlined possible scenarios.  As a provider you need to have a level of preparedness for whatever outcome may unfold.

A Yellowhammer is at an “at risk” bird and Operation Yellowhammer is the code name for the overarching work across all government departments to address the immediate impacts of a no-deal Brexit.

Impact of Brexit will no doubt vary across the country, but providers near to transport hubs, such as ports, oil refineries, power stations to name a few, may find their risk level is higher, simply because of their geographical location.

Preparations for no-deal have been stepped up considerably and more resources have been made available to plan and prepare for all contingencies. Government guidance will be regularly updated, and with just under 3 months till October 31st it will be a rollercoaster to the end.

Plan Do Check Action (PDCA) is all you can do. No one has a crystal ball, not even the government and until November 1st when we may have an idea of how it will all pan out in the future, we need to do our best to minimise any disruption or adverse impact on services that is within our control.

Find out more about W&P’s Compliance Services by following this link or call our team on 01305 767104.