CNO Care Home Nurses Network

The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England is introducing the NO Care Home Nurses Network, which is sponsored by the CNO for England and the Queen’s Nursing Institute. The aim of the network is to support nurses working in care homes, particularly those who may feel isolated and working alone, to deliver the best care for residents – by developing a network of peers to share issues, challenges and solutions and ultimately to improve and enhance the care of their residents.

The network will provide a way of bringing together registered nurses within the care home sector, offering access to practice updates, research, education and sharing of police issues relevant to their work. The network will also provide opportunities for the members to meet for regional workshops based on practice innovation and practice improvement.

Membership is free to nurses working in care homes. If you would like more information and to find out how to join please contact Dr Agnes Fanning.

Purdah – what is it, and what does it mean?


Today (November 5) is the last official day Parliament will sit before it is dissolved and current MPs – and parliamentary candidates – start their election campaigns.

This means we become bound by what’s informally called a pre-election “purdah” period.

Under purdah, civil servants and publicly funded organisations cannot carry out activities that could be seen to call into question their political impartiality, and they must also avoid activity that competes with parliamentary candidates for the attention of the public.

This means our work investigating cases and issuing decisions on complaints will carry on as normal, but we will not be publishing or promoting any public interest reports.

If you receive our alerts when new complaint decisions are published on our website, these will continue to drop into your inbox every Thursday lunchtime.

New GDPR special category data guidance published

The ICO has published updated GDPR guidance regarding special category data.

The GDPR singles out some types of personal data as likely to be more sensitive and gives them extra protection. Special category data relates to personal data that:

  • reveals racial or ethnic origin;
  • reveals political opinions;
  • reveals religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • reveals trade union membership;
  • genetic data;
  • biometric data (where used for identification purposes);
  • data concerning an individual’s health;
  • data concerning a person’s sex life; or
  • their sexual orientation.

Our new blog introduces the guidance.

The guidance is available here.

Health matters: public health issues

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No change to CQC Fees Scheme in 2020/2021

We’ve previously written to all providers to update them that our fees scheme will not be changing next year.

This means that, for most providers, their fees will remain the same as in 2019/20, providing their registration or size does not change. NHS trusts, NHS GPs and community social care providers may see a small change to their fees from April 2020 (up or down), because each provider’s fee is calculated by looking at their size against the total size of the sector, both of which change year-on-year. However, the total fees collected for each sector will not change.

You can find more information on our fees scheme, guidance and calculator on our website at

Community mental health survey 2019

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