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Healthcare Business – February 2019 – CQC intends to ring in changes to how Providers can challenge its inspection reports

CQC has commented often that it wishes to improve the process of inspection specifically in relation to the speed at which reports are published following inspection.  CQC intends to bring in new guidance which will apply to all providers of health and social care around the process of checking reports for their factual accuracy. To …

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Healthcare Business – CQC intends to prosecute more health and social care providers

CQC’s chief executive, Ian Trenholm announced his intention to bring more prosecutions of health and social care providers for breaches of the fundamental standards.  The numbers mooted at the time of that interview in early November 2018 were interpreted by some as alarming and certainly headline grabbing within the sector:  Potential prosecutions of 161 adult …

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The Ridout Report – Are private health and social care providers treated fairly by their Regulator?

Imagine if you will a world where public and private providers of health and social care are dealt with an even hand.  A world where private providers of care are given the support and room to offer good quality care to their service users.  A world where inspections and ratings are not excessively relied upon …

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Would Video Assistant Referees improve CQC’s process of inspections? As published on Health Service Journal’s Insight and Influence Channel

The 2018 Football World Cup was the first in history where live Video Assistant Referees (VAR) were brought in with the ambition of improving the quality or refereeing decisions.  It hoped to achieve this by bringing to the referee’s attention in real time points of play which might have eluded them otherwise.  CQC allows its …

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The burden of proof in Health and Social Care – Healthcare Business

The recent scandal of non-disclosure by the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to rape cases of evidence only available to the prosecution which tends to support the defence case, has brought into focus the duty on public bodies, where criminal charges are asserted, to disclose information which they feel both supports their case and crucially, …

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Looking behind CQC’s ratings of health and social care providers – Expert Care Manager Online

Like it or not ratings for CQC regulated services are here to stay.  Most recently CQC has signalled its intention to roll out ratings for a number of additional services; which were previously inspected but not provided with a rating, such as substance misuse centres and independent community health service providers.  But as this expansion …

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Inspection of CQC finds room for improvement – Care Talk Magazine

CQC’s function is to inspect health and social care settings, to encourage improvement and take action where failings have been identified.  The size of the task that they undertake is large and progress as against its function is predicated on the ability to objectively assess each provider on their merits or otherwise. The report conducted …

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CQC communicates its regulatory intentions for adult social care – Care Home Professional Magazine

Even the closest of observers of CQC might have missed its recent response to “Our next phase of regulation: consultation 2” where it sets out its intentions for regulating adult social care services.  This response serves as a precursor to how it will regulate and inspect providers in the near future. CQC intends to change …

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Are adult social care services in a state, as CQC suggests?

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 …

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