Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Kate Terroni, has promised the CQC will be “proportionate” in regulating compliance with mandatory COVID-19 staff vaccination.
Kate made the remarks at the Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo at the Birmingham NEC yesterday, ahead of today’s deadline for non-vaccinated staff to receive their first jab in order to be fully covered by the government’s 11 November deadline.
The Chief Inspector said: “We will be proportionate when we look at vaccinations.”
When pressed by CHP on what this would mean in practice, Kate said the CQC would look at the level of staff vaccination in a home “in the round” taking into account the overall service provided.
The Chief Inspector added the CQC had a number of measures at its disposal, including ‘warning notices’, in the event a home was not adequately vaccinated.
In further remarks, Kate outlined her three priorities for the year ahead, which are: inspections, including a continued focus on IPC, risk response and re-ratings where warranted in order to provide additional capacity; a focus on learning disability provision in community settings; and the CQC’s new responsibility of local authority assurance.
The CQC chief said she was “really excited” about the latter adding it would be the regulator’s aim to “ensure that the best quality commissioning happens”.
She also revealed details of the CQC’s new quality assessment framework, which will focus on bringing its five key questions to life through TLAP (Think Local Act Personal) ‘I/we’ statements.
The CQC head said the new framework would be based on observation, feedback, policies and processes, and outcomes, and would assess how services provide “high quality, personalised care”.