More than 80 services have been assured as a designated settings for safe COVID positive discharge from hospitals.
The CQC said it had assured 83 settings within 74 local authorities (LAs) as of 18 November, with a further 27 NHS services being agreed as ‘alternative settings’.
Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at CQC, said: “It is our role to ensure that proposed locations for the designated scheme, which is an initiative led by DHSC, are safe for people with a confirmed COVID-19 test result to be discharged into.
“Between October and the end of November we will have completed well over 500 infection prevention and control inspections (545 will be complete), including approved designate locations and measured against ‘eight ticks’ which are published on our website. We will continue to work with the Department of Health and Social Care, local authorities and care providers to ensure that all locations participating in the scheme are able to provide the high-quality care that people leaving hospital will need.”
The government’s aim is for each local authority to have access to at least one designated setting as soon as possible, with CQC working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to ensure social care designated settings are appropriate.