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NHS Continuing Healthcare & Adult Social Care | February 2021 Review

Our monthly round-up of news in NHS Continuing Healthcare and the Adult Social Care Sector.
  1. As of 1 February 2021, NHS England announced that the first Covid-19 vaccination jab had been offered to residents in over 10,000 care homes. The Nursing Times refers to a ‘monumental milestone’ in the vaccination process. To read the full article, click here. 
  2. Milestone or stepping stone? This article acknowledges the success of the vaccine roll out to care home residents but considers the concerns of those working in social care? In accordance with the governments roadmap, we await the 8 March when care home residents can be visited indoor by one visitor but does this necessarily mean change? We will have to wait and see…To read more, click here
  3. This Ombudsman decision reviewed whether an individual could use their direct payment to pay a live-in family member who provided care for P. The local authority’s position was that “paid care could only be provided by live-in family members in exceptional circumstances where it could not be provided by an external care agency” and thus stopped P’s direct payments. The Ombudsman found that the local authority were at fault for terminating P’s direct payments without putting adequate replacement care and support in place. To read more, click here.
  4. What is the NHS reform White Paper and what does it mean for the adult social care sector? This article reviews the proposed changes from the re-introduction of CQC inspections of local authorities to the replacement of clinical commissioning groups with integrated care systems. To read more about the proposed changes, click here. To read the DHSC proposals for the Health and Care Bill, click here. 
  5. All adults with learning disabilities are to be prioritised for vaccine. A welcomed introduction from Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation means that all adults on the GP Learning Disability Register will be prioritised for the vaccination. To read the independent’s report, click here. 
  6. What will the proposed changes on 8 March 2021 mean to residents in a care home? The guardian analyses the effect of the pandemic on care homes, residents and their family members. To read the full article, click here


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