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Friday 27th April 2020
QCS is offering a new comprehensive COVID-19 hub where you can find all the policies and procedures you need to support your compliance needs during this pandemic. This new COVID-19 module is easily accessible and is included in the system for free. To gain access straight away, you can sign up for a free trial of our entire system here, which gives free lifetime access to the Covid19 module.
COVID19: Human Rights in Practice
A new blog on Human Rights in Practice, from Rachel Griffiths, the QCS expert on Human Rights and Mental Capacity. It discusses a new case on the court that the judge was facing an identical problem that so many care providers are currently struggling with. While upholding fairness and equal treatment, it is important to be kind and empathise with how hard this is for all residents of care setting. To read the article, please click here
The Covid-19 situation is changing rapidly, which, to date, has claimed over 18,000 lives in the UK. The unprecedented virus means Care Providers need to be responsive to any risks and ensure service users remain safe. QCS have created a free Step by Step Guide on Coronavirus PPE Risk Assessment. It can help you identify, assess, record, and review different risks quickly and effectively. Download your free copy here
PPE Fact Sheet
This PPE fact sheet is for home care staff to understand the updated guidance on PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers topics such as when should you require PPE and if so, what PPE do you need to wear and when you should change them. Criteria’s on risk assessment are also concisely discussed. Please make sure you look after yourself despite this challenging time and to you can always keep up to date to the situation closely on the QCS website and Facebook Group (QCS discussion group for social care providers). Read more here
DBS changes during COVID-19
DBS guidance is changing for some while the Coronavirus Act 2020 is in place. CQC has written to all providers in England about the recent temporary changes to the DBS vetting and barring scheme. QCS has highlighted some fundamental changes that you need to know, reasons for the changes, and when those changes might not apply to everyone. Read more here
Why cyber attacks targeting care homes have increased during the Pandemic?
People are relying on technology more than ever in their daily lives during the Pandemic to receive news and keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues. Cyber criminals however play on the fear of the vulnerable to steal personal data.
Therefore, we’ve partnered up with the Insurance Specialist, Howden Insurance Brokers to provide you with an insight into the evolving cyber-attacks during the Pandemic. There are also tips you can follow to protect your care homes and service users. To read the article click here.
Sacrificing your Privacy to tackle the Pandemic?
Would you be willing to trade off your right to privacy for the right to leave your homes?
Governments across the world are starting to invest in tracking apps to slow the Covid-19 spread. Though these apps bring concern about privacy and potential for abuse by the government and law enforcement. Our latest article discusses the Immuni App proposed by the Italian government and do we need to sacrifice our privacy to tackle the Pandemic. To read more click here.
Facebook discussion groups
The ever-changing virus has made identifying and gathering reliable guidance to follow more difficult as policies are changing daily.
QCS have created four dedicated Facebook groups for Dental, GP, Dom Care and Residential Care. These are places for Care and Health Care providers to: share news, best practice, ask questions, utilise QCS free policies, and most importantly, to support each other, during this challenging time.
Both the Dom Care and Residential Care group members can also enjoy exclusive quiz on PPE Risk Assessment and materials.
- Join our Dental Discussion Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/qcs.dental.discussiongroup/
- Join our GP Discussion Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/qcs.gp.discussiongroup/
- Join our Domiciliary Care Discussion Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/qcs.domcare.discussiongroup/
- For Residential Care Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/qcs.rescare.discussiongroup/