11Dec 2017
The RIdout Report. LeafPatern

CQC claim to now have a handle on the quality of care provision provided in the UK; however this is on the presumption that the inspections it conducts provide it with accurate conclusions.  I write from the perspective of a trainee solicitor who has sight of what would appear to be those providers CQC views […]

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 […]