15Dec 2017
The RIdout Report. RedMarble

Earlier on this year, Care England brought judicial review proceedings against Essex local authority regarding the introduction of new fees under a commissioning framework introduced in 2016. Under the commissioning framework, care home and nursing providers were offered a maximum of £538.37 and £577.29 per week per resident. This rate was allegedly offered without any […]

11Dec 2017
The RIdout Report. GreenFlower

Helpful guidance on sentencing in Health and Safety cases The Sentencing Remarks of The Hon. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution of Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust provide a rare and clear insight into the courts’ current approach to sentencing in serious health and safety prosecutions.   The Hon. Mr Justice […]

11Dec 2017
The RIdout Report. GreenFlower

King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust’s Chair resigns in protest over underfunding of health care services. According to the Guardian, Lord Kerslake contended that due to severe Government underfunding that ‘hospitals cannot perform their key role properly’. Since taking on responsibility for Bromley’s Princess Royal University hospital in 2014, the Trust has struggled to cope alongside […]

06Dec 2017
The RIdout Report. TreeStump

On 29 November 2017, CQC published ‘Substance misuse services: The quality and safety of residential detoxification’, a briefing of the 2016/ 2017 inspection cycle. The document, which is necessary reading for all within the sector, is significant for its almost exclusively negative tone. The 9 page document contains no reference to the hard work of […]

29Nov 2017
The RIdout Report. Spider water drop

Ofsted has published their new inspection framework. It includes a formal yearly conversation with Ofsted about performance, and authorities will be asked to evaluate the quality and impact of their social work practice. The new inspection regime has been piloted over the past year, and the final plan is for: Short inspections: Authorities judged to be […]

23Nov 2017
The RIdout Report. Flower.

Yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered the Autumn Budget in which social care wasn’t addressed. Instead there was a promise of a 4.4 per cent rise to the National Living Wage from April 2018, with it rising from £7.50 an hour to £7.83. Mr Hammond also promised to fund a pay rise […]