In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have introduced their Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) inspections report.
The report: ‘How care homes managed infection prevention and control during the coronavirus pandemic 2020’ details what the Care Quality Commission have witnessed in care homes and hears from care providers on what has worked and what has proved a challenge.
During August 2020, the CQC carried out a special programme of IPC inspections in 301 care homes selected as potential examples of where IPC was being done well. The CQC have also reviewed IPC in 139 ‘risked-based’ inspections between 1 August and 4 September, which were carried out in response to concerns about safety and quality. During these inspections, the CQC reviewed how well staff and people living in care homes were protected by IPC measures, looking at assurance overall and across ‘eight ticks’ and you can see the findings here.
The CQC have committed to completing a further 500 stand-alone IPC care home inspections by the end of November. These will include services where the CQC expect to see good IPC practice, so they can continue to learn and share what works well as the situation develops, but the CQC will also take action in services that are not adapting well to the pandemic.
This report, exploring Infection prevention and control inspection, comes alongside the CQC monthly Insight report, which includes data on deaths in care homes in relation to ratings. The Care Quality Commission have not seen any clear relationship between care home ratings and the number of deaths due to COVID-19.
Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care said, ‘We’re committed to ensuring safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care and are working with the Department of Health and Social Care and others to support the care system through winter.
‘As this report shows most care providers that we have inspected have shown they are responding to the challenges of infection prevention control well, under these extraordinary circumstances. We have seen some providers using innovative and exciting practices to keep people safe. They have been supported by staff who have gone the extra mile to keep the people in their care healthy, stimulated, and as independent as possible, while keeping family members and carers informed and engaged.
‘By continuing to monitor and inspect these care locations we have and will continue to take action to protect people, share best practice and support providers to protect against the spread of COVID in care homes.’
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