A joint statement has been issued by the CQC, Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health on the use of positive COVID-19 staff in care settings.
While acknowledging the “extraordinary pressures on care homes”, the CQC warned of “swift regulatory action” where it has concerns.
Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC, said: “We recognise the extraordinary pressures on care homes at this time, often facing large staff shortages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local systems, including providers, local authorities and CCGs must work together to rise to these challenges, however, it is unacceptable for COVID-positive staff to be in contact with residents.
“Where we have concerns that COVID positive staff are in contact with residents we will take swift action. We will make the relevant adult safeguarding referral to be dealt with by the local authority under s42 of the Care Act, and we have already done this in instances which have been brought to our attention.
“We know that care homes are not making these decisions in isolation and they should continue to draw on all available support in their local area. Our inspectors are also there to support care home providers and offer advice at this hugely challenging time. Now more than ever we all need to work together to ensure people are kept safe.”
You can read the full joint statement here.