The Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) are implementing a new assessment framework for adult social care services. Adult social care providers will need to familiarise themselves with the new assessment criteria before the changes come into force. The changes to the assessment process follow concerns that there is a high level of variability between providers in terms of quality and concerns about the sustainability of the market generally. Providers would be well advised to review their policies and make sure their business model identifies a clear strategy for achieving high-quality care, as well as recognising the need for continuous improvement, before these changes come into force.
It has recently been reported that Britain’s care home sector is under threat due to mounting financial pressures. Several reports have focused on the use of debt financing within the sector (particularly term loans) and concern about the high levels of debt carried by businesses. This article looks at what debt finance actually is, the risks (and mitigating those risks) and the future of debt finance in the care sector.
Ever since the Brexit vote on 23rd June 2016, immigration lawyers have been flooded with questions from both private clients living in the UK as EU nationals and also businesses who are currently employing EU nationals in the UK as to the on-going status of these individuals in the UK following Brexit. So, care businesses employing EU nationals in the UK should consider taking urgent action to protect their position for the future. This article looks at the steps that employers in the care industry need to take to ensure that the status of their employees are protected as far as possible.
Many believe that disabled people are underserved by the current adult social care system and the Government is facing increased pressure to do more to support disabled people. This article looks at the obligations of care homes in relation to providing care or treatment to people with disabilities and the consequences of getting it wrong.
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