The Care Quality Commission is collecting data from home care providers in order to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the people they care for, their workforce and their ability to deliver services.
Home care providers have been asked to complete regulator’s ‘Update CQC on the impact of Covid’ online form, which was rolled out last week.
The form will also be sent out to shared lives services, extra care and supporting living services in the coming weeks.
In a joint letter to providers, the CQC, the Care Provider Alliance, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement said: “To enable us to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the people you care for, your workforce and your ability to deliver services, we need to collect data to ensure resources are targeted most effectively where they are needed. We want to do that in a way that does not cause a burden on you so you can focus on the delivery of safe care.
“We have worked across our organisations to ensure we are only asking for essential information from you once and that we establish rapid mechanisms to share information appropriately. This means that you will get the support you need and that local authorities and Local Resilience Forums (LRF) have the intelligence they need to ensure business continuity and to make business critical decisions.”
The organisations are also asking residential and nursing homes to complete the NHS Capacity Tracker, and a small number of providers of both home care and residential care to complete both data collections.