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UK suffers worst day yet as 980 people die from coronavirus

Another 980 people have died after contracting coronavirus, taking the UK death toll to at least 8,958. Today’s jump in deaths is the biggest daily increases since the outbreak began, following a rise of 881 yesterday and 938 on Wednesday.

The toll was updated after England recorded another 866 deaths. Scotland reported 48 deaths, while 29 were recorded in Wales and 10 in Northern Ireland. The number of people in hospital who have tested positive for the disease now stands at 19,304.

It comes as Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care and into a general ward at St Thomas’s Hospital.

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Corona Virus Crisis : WHSmith takes out £120 million loan

WHSmith has secured a £120,000,000 loan and said it will look to raise more cash as it tries to navigate its way through the coronavirus crisis. The high street retailer, which had to shut 60% of its premises after the Government called for the closure of non-essential stores, has suffered a ‘substantial downturn in economic activity’, it said. Branches that include Post Offices or those in hospitals have remained open. WHSmith was the first retailer to issue a profits warning from the Covid-19 outbreak as the pandemic hit its travel business, with the company projecting £30m and £40m could be wiped off this year’s underlying pre-tax profits.

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Cabinet minister ‘visited parents during coronavirus lockdown’

A cabinet minister has defended visiting his parents during the coronavirus lockdown, despite repeatedly urging the public to stay at home. Housing secretary Robert Jenrick made the 40-mile trip having told others to avoid non-essential travel, The Guardian revealed.

A witness told the paper that they saw Mr Jenrick, 38, visiting the property at the weekend. They said he was seen in the front garden of the detached house in a Shropshire village, where his father and mother, aged 79 and 69, live. It is more than an hour’s drive from the MP’s home in Herefordshire.

Mr Jenrick has since admitted making the visit but said he went to drop off essential medicines and food to his parents, who are self-isolating.

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UK daily death toll surpasses 900 for first time

More than 900 people are reported to have died from coronavirus in UK hospitals in a day, fast approaching the deadliest days in Italy and Spain, the European countries worst hit by the virus.

The government announced an increase of 938 deaths, taking the UK’s total to 7,097.

Despite the new record daily death toll, the number of new infections and hospital admissions in Britain is beginning to show signs of flattening, according to Prof Stephen Powis, the NHS medical director for England.

The number of new infections increased by 5,491 – a similar rate to the last few days.

Speaking at the daily coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday, Powis said: “We are beginning to see the benefits I believe but the really critical thing is that we have to continue following instructions – we have to continue following social distancing, because if we don’t the virus will start to spread again.”

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The number of new infections increased by 5,491 – a similar rate to the last few days.

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Nurses forced to wear bin bag as PPE, test positive for corona virus

Three nurses who wore bin bags on their shifts due to a shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE) have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. Just weeks ago, the nurses had shared a photo of themselves wrapped in clinical waste bags as they issued a plea for proper masks, gowns and gloves at Northwick Park Hospital, in Harrow. The hospital previously declared an emergency situation after all of its critical care beds were filled with patients. More than 50% of staff working on one ward have now tested positive for coronavirus, the Daily Telegraph reports.

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More than 50% of staff working on one ward have now tested positive for coronavirus.

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Lockdown may be extended to May

Ministers are said to be preparing to extend the UK lockdown into May, with advisers insisting the coronavirus peak could still be ten days away. In Wednesday’s Downing Street briefing, Chancellor Rishi Sunak refused to give any hints on if the restrictions would be eased, adding there would be a Cobra meeting to review the situation on Thursday, chaired by Dominic Raab. However, the government has reportedly been told the country’s deadliest day could be April 18, meaning that Britons will be told to stay inside until at least next month. It comes after the UK death toll jumped by 938 people in just one day – a bigger increase than on Italy’s worst day of the outbreak according to Metro News

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Changes to Statement of purpose (COVID19)

25 March 2020

An update for providers of health and social care on the development of a COVID-19 registration framework.

We want to support health and social care providers as they look to increase capacity as part of the ongoing effort to respond to COVID-19. To help ensure that registration does not act as a barrier to these different ways of working, we have developed a special COVID-19 registration framework for providers responding to Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) or Clinical Commissioning Group contingency planning. This framework covers both new registrations and changes to service that can be made by submitting a notification online.

A COVID-19 registration is any ‘application’ from a health or social care provider where they:

  • Intend to deliver services which provide additional health and social care capacity in an area; or
  • contribute to the control of the outbreak of COVID-19 or the treatment of people who have contracted the illness.

Some changes can be made by submitting a notification online and changing your statement of purpose, meaning that changes can be made as soon as we are notified. Other changes may need you to change your existing registration, in which case you will need to submit an application. All applications relating to COVID-19 will be prioritised. In urgent cases, for example to increase existing capacity, we can assess your application at the same time as you are making the changes.

“All applications relating to COVID-19 will be prioritised.”

Source – CQC Blog 25.03.2020

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“There are over 1,000 home care agencies with CQC ratings of ‘requires improvement’ and this trend is rising.”  – Care Quality Commission.

CQC Focused Inspection

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports that there are now over 1,000 home care agencies that have CQC ratings of ‘requires improvement’ and the trend is on the rise. In speaking to a number of home care service providers, there appears to a similar mindset among providers that after a comprehensive inspection on their service, they simply have to put together an action plan for CQC and the matter ends there, well, you are WRONG.

The Care Quality Commission is now placing more emphasis on conducting ‘ focused inspection’ as a follow-up to comprehensive inspection where concerns have been identified with the service.

A   CQC focused inspection is smaller in scale than comprehensive inspections, although they follow a similar process.

There are two reasons why CQC carries out a focused inspection.

The first is to review somethings they are concerned about which may have been raised during a comprehensive inspection or a monitoring work on your service. The second reason could be as a result of a significant change in a care provider’s circumstances such as a takeover, merger or acquisition.

For care providers who have had a comprehensive inspection and have been rated as requires improvement by the Care Quality Commission, there is a high chance your service will be have a focused inspection visit by the commission to review progress on the action plan submitted.

Hellocare Consulting helps home care agencies prepare for comprehensive inspections, helps with developing action plans with realistic implementation timescales.

Our strategy is simple, we work with care agencies whose current CQC ratings are ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ to achieve a good CQC rating and then brand their businesses to make them profitable.

For assistance with upcoming comprehensive inspections, CQC required action plans, review ourCQC Inspection Support (CIS) service today.

 

 

Paying for home care services

Care and support services at home aren’t free and most councils charge for providing them. If your local council agrees that you have care and support needs, they will then look at your finances to see how much you will have to contribute towards the cost of your care.

How much you’ll be asked to pay for your care services depends on your resources and your local council’s charging rules. They will assess your income and savings to work out your contribution. This must be reasonable and should consider any extra expenses you may pay if you have a disability. You’ll only be asked to pay what you can afford, and they can’t charge anyone else, such as your partner or someone you live with. If you’ve been assessed as needing equipment or an adaption that costs less than £1000, these should be provided free.

The council will assess your income – which includes your pension and any benefits you receive – and they will also look at your savings, but not the value of your home.

If your savings are:

  • less than £14,250 – you won’t have to use any of your savings to pay for your care
  • between £14,250 and £23,250 – you’ll have to pay £1 per week toward your care for every £250 in savings you have over £14,250
  • more than £23,250 – you may have to pay for all the care you receive.

The charges you’re asked to pay shouldn’t put you in financial difficulty. If you’re struggling to pay you can ask the council to consider reducing their charges. They can’t suddenly stop providing your services without telling you.

Make sure you’re claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to. You may be able to get disability benefits, such as Attendance Allowance  or Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance to help you pay for your support services.

The council must tell you how much they think your care will cost. If they are contributing towards the costs, this amount is called your personal budget and you have the right to decide how it should be spent. You could receive direct payments from the council and organise your own care services if you prefer.

If you’re paying for your care yourself, you can still ask the council to organise care services for you. They must help you if you ask them to, but they can charge you a fee for this.

If you are looking for a home care agency with a GOOD CQC rating to provide care and support, contact us today on 0208 003 5958

“Care and support services at home aren’t free and most councils charge for providing them.”