Caroline Barker

CQC Letters of Intent: A precursor to urgent action – don’t miss the opportunity to stop it escalating

As reported on in our October 2020 Newsletter, the introduction of CQC’s Transitional Monitoring Approach means that the CQC is moving away from timetabled inspections and towards a more risk based approach.  The CQC will base the action it takes on the information it is in receipt of, but this does not necessarily mean that …

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How the CQC’s transitional regulatory approach could affect your GP practice

The CQC’s transitional regulatory approach is being rolled out to general practice from 19 October 2020. The approach builds upon the regulator’s emergency support framework which it introduced when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The CQC’s intention is to move away from fixed timetabled inspections and towards inspecting based on presenting risk. The CQC has indicated …

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How COVID-19 may have a Positive Effect on the Inspection Process

There appears to be a buzz phrase going round CQC at the moment.  At the May 2020 CQC Board meeting “crossing the threshold” was said a number of times by different Board members – “…nothing beats crossing the threshold…”, “…people going out, crossing thresholds to one level or another…”, “…as this infection risk does reduce …

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CQC’s Emergency Support Framework – not all it’s cracked up to be

I had to chuckle when I read the CQC Emergency Support Framework.   Billed as a supportive process, it would appear to be anything but. It is however not a laughing matter.  It appears to be a way to gather information about providers outside of the regulatory framework to use against them at a future date. …

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What happens when a critical incident occurs at your care service?

When a major event occurs at a home, be it a death or a serious incident, there will be many authorities and bodies interested in what has happened, and what is happening, at the home.  This is likely to include the police, the CQC, commissioners, and the local authority in its safeguarding role.  Additionally, following …

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Further Guidance on Suspension of Ratings: Providers should be wary – Caring Times – February 2020

In last month’s edition of Caring Times, I wrote about the CQC’s power to suspend a provider’s rating when it had concerns that the current rating was possibly no longer reflective of the care being provided to service users. I had highlighted my concern that the only information available to providers was a sentence in …

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Suspension of Ratings: Is this CQC being transparent or underhand? As published in Caring Times December 2019

Between April and July 2019, CQC suspended 4 providers’ ratings. “Their rating was suspended? Don’t you mean their registration was suspended?” I hear you ask? A little known option available to CQC, which has made its way into the Provider Guidance on ‘How CQC monitors, inspects and regulates adult social care services,’ allows CQC to …

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