Chief Inspector of adult social care, Kate Terroni, has set out the next steps the CQC is taking to support care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In her weekly update to providers, Terroni announced a four-pillar action plan for the sector consisting of: reducing the spread of infection in care homes; supporting the workforce to provide high quality care and cope with the emotional demands being placed on them by the crisis; supporting independence, end of life care and responding to individual needs; and supporting organisations that provide care.
As part of its support, the CQC has established 12 testing sites for care workers in isolation and exhibiting coronavirus symptoms, adding the regulator will soon be able to provide home testing kits. Terroni said the CQC was working with local government to roll out the service to all providers.
Furthermore, following criticism of the under reporting of COVID-19 care home deaths, the chief inspector said the CQC had made changes to its death notification system to enable a provider to report whether a person’s death was from suspected or confirmed coronavirus.
The new follows last month’s announcement that the CQC had updated its registration procedures to help home care operators increase capacity to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.
The COVID-19 registration framework has been designed for providers responding to Department of Health and Social (DHSC) or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) contingency planning.