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Jun 21

Vaccination as a condition of deployment for any individual working in a CQC-regulated care home

Posted on Friday 18th June 2021

The government have announced that they intend to bring forward regulations making vaccination a condition of deployment for any individual working in a CQC-regulated care home.

We know from the data that there are regional variations in vaccine take up across the sector, there are different views and opinions, and that this policy presents a variety of challenges. Skills for Care is committed to offering resources to help employers fully engage with their teams, including guidance on wellbeing and information on vaccines.

The regulations will apply to individuals working in a CQC-regulated care home in England providing nursing or personal care, subject to certain exemptions.  The Government will alsolaunch a further public consultation on whether or not to make COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment in healthcare and the wider social care sector.

The regulations will require care home providers to deploy only staff who have received a complete course of their COVID-19 vaccination in line with government guidance, unless they are medically exempt.

If approved by Parliament, there will be a minimum of a 16-week grace period from when the regulations are made to when they come into force to enable staff who haven’t been vaccinated to take up the vaccine.

We have pulled together vaccination guidance and advice from different agencies to help employers https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/About/News/COVID-19-Guidance-from-other-agencies.aspx

The visualisations created by our Workforce Intelligence team are available to help those responsible for workforce planning, recruitment and retention The dashboards offering insight based on data from the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set into workforce capacity and demographics at a national and local level.

https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/adult-social-care-workforce-data/Workforce-intelligence/publications/Data-and-publications.aspx

The team are also tracking key measures on a monthly basis to monitor impacts:

https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/adult-social-care-workforce-data/Workforce-intelligence/publications/Topics/COVID-19/COVID-19.aspx

Skills for Care’s network of locality teams will also offer workforce support to local authorities and employers.

The regulations will be kept under review to make sure they reflect the latest clinical guidance.