17Jul 2017
The RIdout Report. Spider water drop

CQC have recently completed the inspections of some 24,000 different locations providing adult social care.  It published its State of Adult Social Care report covering 2014 to 2017 and clearly feels empowered and emboldened to draw conclusions from the inspections it has conducted.  Nursing Homes are singled out for particular mention in the report with […]

05Jun 2017
The RIdout Report. Windy Dandelions.

In March, the Law Commission delivered its final recommendations on reforming the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) system. This came after the Commission concluded the current system was “in crisis” and needed to be replaced “as a matter of pressing urgency”. The name being suggested for the reformed system is “Liberty Protection Safeguards”. Understandably, providers […]

08May 2017
The RIdout Report. Ice Frozen

At the March 2017 CQC Board Meeting the consultation on ‘Registering the Right Support’ guidance was highlighted by a Board member as a document setting “out very specific conditions under which [CQC] would register housing for people with learning disabilities so there couldn’t be more than…five or six people in a unit.  [CQC] said you […]

21Apr 2017
The RIdout Report. LeafPatern

At Ridouts Professional Services Plc, we are finding that sustainability of improvements is the major preoccupation for CQC on reinspection of services. That focus is only going to grow in importance given the terms of CQC’s Strategy for 2016-21 which it has recently consulted on. The proposed changes to CQC’s inspection methodology, which are due […]

20Apr 2017
The RIdout Report. GreenFlower

Lessons and learnings for providers In 2015/2016 the 660 highest fined defendants clocked up approximately £39m in fines. After the courts began applying the health and safety sentencing guidelines in 2016/2017, it took only the 20 highest fined defendants to accumulate the same level of fines. It took over 30 times as many defendants before […]

21Feb 2017
The Ridout Report. Green swirl grass image.

At Ridouts we have noticed an increase in CQC using its power to impose conditions of registration on providers’ services.  In particular, the imposition of positive conditions – those that require providers to take affirmative action – appears to have increased in recent months. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (“Act”), CQC has […]