13Oct 2017
The RIdout Report. Spider water drop

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has become the sixth health and social care provider and the first NHS Trust to be prosecuted by the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) for failure to provide safe care and treatment.  On 12 October 2017 the Trust was sentenced, and a fine of £125,000 was handed down (the Court’s starting […]

09Oct 2017
The RIdout Report. RedMarble

Public bodies such as local authorities and regulatory bodies frequently make important decisions about vulnerable people and their rights to services in relation to their care. There is legal mechanism in place where providers can challenge the decisions of CQC via issuing judicial review proceedings. Recent years have shown that providers are no longer shying […]

11Sep 2017
The RIdout Report. RedMarble

The last few months have seen continued developments in the vexed question of payment for ‘sleeping rights’. We expressed doubts as to whether the issue was, really, still alive. We were wrong. A decision from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (the EAT) and vacillation from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have left the matter quite […]

05Jun 2017
The Ridout Report. Green swirl grass image.

The provision of activities in care homes has long been on CQC’s radar.  With the ever-increasing focus on person-centred care provision, it is more important than ever that providers take appropriate steps to ensure person-centred activities are provided to their residents on a daily basis. Whilst it is not explicitly mentioned in the Regulations, the […]

16May 2017
The RIdout Report. Ice Frozen

In the November/December publication of Healthcare Business, I presented a legal perspective on CQC decision-making in respect of new CQC registrations in the Learning Disability sector. The article referred to what was then the awaited CQC consultation on changes to its policy statement Registering the Right Support, the original version of which was published in […]

08May 2017
The Ridout Report. Green swirl grass image.

Last month, solicitor Laura Paton explored the importance of revalidation in the eyes of Care Quality Commission. In this article, Nicole Ridgwell considers how the process of revalidation translates into the care home environment Revalidation replaced the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) post-registration education and practice (Prep) requirements in April 2016 as the mandatory route […]

05May 2017

New versions of CQC guidance on “Disclosure of Information to Providers” and “Sharing Information” reveal a worrying shift in CQC’s stance regarding disclosure of inspection notes to providers. In relation to such requests, the 2015 Sharing Information guidance stated: “Providers may consider that they need to receive this information from CQC in order to be […]