Jennifer Durbin

Notices of Decision – Using the Appeal Process to your Advantage

It is always worrying when you receive a letter from the CQC that states it has decided to cancel your registration, suspend your registration, or impose conditions on your registration, which in effect, will prevent you as a provider from conducting business. At Ridouts we have received numerous calls from panicked providers about the effects …

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Internal Unrest at the CQC

CQC’s own staff are fearful of voicing their opinions on the CQC’s new regulatory approach due to a closed-culture attitude. In 2021 the CQC revealed a new regulatory approach, stating that it wanted to drop scheduled inspections in favour of a “more flexible, targeted approach”, using data and other insights in an effort to provide …

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Government Announces Support for Businesses Amid Energy Crisis

A new Government Energy Bill Relief Scheme was announced on 21 September 2022 and will provide a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for non-domestic customers (i.e. businesses). This scheme will provide businesses, charities and other public sector organisations with equivalent relief to what households have received through the Energy Price Guarantee. It will …

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Data Reveals that the UK’s Youth are Experiencing Record Levels of Mental Health Problems

There is strong and detailed evidence of the deterioration of youth wellbeing in the UK. According to the Commons Health Select Committee, the number of young people receiving treatment has risen from 25% to 40% from pre to post pandemic. It has also been reported by the BBC, that since 2019 at least 20 patients …

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Recent Study Finds that England Still Views Care Workers as ‘Unskilled’

The Nuffield Trust, which is an independent UK health think tank, recently conducted a study into peoples’ perception of care workers in the UK.  Findings from the study have been published in a research report titled, ‘New horizons: What can England learn from the professionalisation of care workers in other countries?’. The report states that …

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Funding Cuts Proving Detrimental to Children and Young People

It has been reported that the Government’s funding cuts to early support are resulting in detrimental consequences for at risk youth. What the Data Shows Over the last 12 years the Government has slashed central funding for local authorities (“LAs”) by nearly 40%. This has resulted in LAs removing services which they are not legally …

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Controlled Drugs – How Providers can Control the Consequences

The Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) reports annually on its oversight findings to ensure that healthcare providers maintain a safe environment for the management and use of controlled drugs under the Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2013 (“CDSMU Regulations”). As part of this, the CQC published, ‘The safer management of controlled drugs: Annual …

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