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CPA welcomes approach to review of DNARs during COVID-19

17 November 2020

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) welcomes the Care Quality Commission’s approach to reviewing the use of do not resuscitate decisions during COVID-19 - outlined on 16 November 2020.

Speaking about CQC’s approach, Kathy Roberts, CPA chair said:

“The Care Provider Alliance has worked closely with CQC on this issue and we are very pleased to see that the review will take a system-wide approach, considering how care providers, GPs and commissioners can work together more effectively to support appropriate use of do not resuscitate decisions.

“Earlier this year the CPA, alongside CQC, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners issued a joint statement that it is unacceptable for advance care plans, with or without DNAR form completion to be applied to groups of people of any description. These decisions must continue to be made on an individual basis according to need.”

Notes to editors

About CPA§

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) brings together the 10 main national associations, which represent independent and voluntary adult social care providers in England.  We work to represent the sector and ensure a coordinated response to the major issues that affect it.

The CPA bring together the ten national associations, which represent private, voluntary and community sector providers. We speak for the whole of the adult social care sector including care homes, home care services, Shared Lives schemes and retirement communities.

CPA members cover almost 10,000 organisations, employ over 600,000 staff and support an estimated 1 million people.

CQC review§

The CQC review is being developed and carried out at pace during November, December and January.  CQC are currently analysing what they know so far from initial conversations with people who have been affected by this issue and other stakeholders, concerns raised with CQC, and the existing literature and guidance on this sensitive topic. Interim findings from this work will be reported later this year.

The interim findings will also provide a base for fieldwork that we will carry out in seven local Clinical Commissioning Groups across the country. This will focus (but not exclusively) on the experience of older people and people with a learning disability or autism. 

CQC are keen to hear from people who would like to share their experiences. Use CQC’s Give Feedback on Care service, or by contact the CQC National Customer Service Centre.

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