I would like to provide an update on how the Care Inspectorate is responding through our contingency planning to the COVID-19 situation.
I’d also like to thank all providers, our social care workforce, and public servants for the work you are doing to protect vulnerable people. The coming weeks and months are going to test us all and I want you to know we are fully committed to supporting all those who provide health and social care services, in order to keep people safe, during this global health emergency. In the Care Inspectorate we have a varied and experienced group of staff and we will be considering how they can help, advise and guide services directly in coming days and weeks.
Over the past week we have taken the decision to scale down our inspections during this time and put in place arrangements which will involve gathering information, assessing the level of risk in care services and establishing assurances about the quality of care people experience. We are only making visits to services when absolutely necessary. We are also operating in a similar manner around complaints.
We intend to be flexible around our registration practice where we may have to register different facilities as time goes on. We will prioritise our registration work to support the national response and the sustainability of services.
At this extremely challenging time, we will support services in their need to apply flexibility and judgement around staffing to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people experiencing care. We recognise that services will need to be creative and make use of a wider range of resources, including potentially staff from other public services and volunteers.
Over recent days, we have issued guidance for all registered care services including early learning and childcare services informing them of the changes we have introduced. I would encourage you to work with your staff to consider what this means in your specific setting and the potential impact it will have on your work.
Guidance and information
We have created a coronavirus COVID-19 page on our website, which we are updating continuously. Currently, it includes information on notifications, staffing levels and registration.
We are also providing regular updates on Twitter, Facebook and in our Provider Updates newsletter, which we are currently sending to all registered care services along with subscribers. I encourage you to follow us on social media and to subscribe to our free e-newsletters service, ensuring you tick the Provider Updates preference when you do so here: http://bit.ly/CI-subscribe
Getting in touch
If you have any concerns, or need any additional guidance, I would ask you to get in touch with your Care Inspectorate contact, who will be able to help you in the usual way. In line with wider public health developments, we will continue to provide updates on our activities at www.careinspectorate.com, our social media channels, and through our customer contact centre, on 0345 600 952.
We will review our activity in the weeks ahead and we will continue to support you and people who experience care.