Letter to Lord Alton of Liverpool from the Care Quality commission about inspectors going into care homes and nursing homes:
I am aware that you have recently tabled a PQ(s) on the testing of CQC inspection colleagues. Please find the below release from Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive CQC.
Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), 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.”
Many thanks and if you have any queries, please let me know.
Senior Parliamentary and Stakeholder Engagement Adviser
EPS (Engagement, Policy and Strategy)
Care Quality Commission