CQC care home inspectors will be tested weekly for COVID-19 in the coming weeks following the DHSC’s decision to offer testing to key workers.
The decision follows calls for mandatory testing for CQC inspectors over fears they could become ‘super-spreaders’ of COVID-19.
Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), (pictured) said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the additional assurance to care providers that our inspectors will be getting weekly testing for COVID-19, following the Department for Health and Social Care’s decision to offer testing to key workers. Testing will be rolled out to all inspectors who participate in onsite visits in the coming weeks.
“This is in addition to our existing protections, where all CQC staff engaging in inspection and registration visits must undertake a risk assessment prior to the visit. They must use the PPE identified, have gone through training on its use, and have completed the Infection Prevention and Control training. Where an inspector displays symptoms or a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, they are already required to self-isolate.”
The move follows reports of CQC inspectors developing COVID symptoms and being forced to self-isolate after the regulator mounted a major infection control monitoring programme over the last two months.