Samantha Cox

Challenging CQC inspection reports and ratings – DDN – December 2018

CQC now has the power to rate independent standalone substance misuse services and is currently rolling out its first wave of comprehensive inspections to establish a ratings baseline for future inspections.  This is the first time such services are being rated by CQC.  Adverse ratings can have a negative impact on the financial and operational …

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An inspection regime with room for improvement – HSJ article – October 2018

Last month the Kings Fund and Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) published a report analysing the effectiveness of the CQC’s approach to inspecting and rating health and social care providers.  The report is titled ‘Impact of the Care Quality Commission on provider performance – Room for improvement?’. While it noted that the current CQC inspection …

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Challenging CQC’s Evidence Base – as published in Caring Times

CQC appointed its new Chief Executive to the Board, Ian Trenholm.  He is due to take over the role in July 2018 when Sir David Behan leaves.  Mr Trenholm started his career in the police service before moving on to roles including Chief Operating Officer at Defra and Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of …

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Back to Basics – Challenging CQC Inspection Reports

Since the introduction of the CQC rating system in 2014 there have been various revisions of CQC’s guidance to providers on how it monitors, inspects and regulates adult social care services which impact how CQC makes judgements and how providers can challenge these. It is important for providers to challenge factual inaccuracies and misleading comments …

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Maintaining the statutory duty of candour – HSJ Insight and influence

The requirement for openness and honesty of those in the health and social care sector about the care provided to service users, particularly when things have gone wrong (referred to as the duty of candour), is a key duty that has been at the forefront of the media recently. Both providers of health and social …

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New provider guidance on CQC inspection now in force – Care Talk Magazine

On 1 November 2017 CQC implemented its new inspection guidance following on from the latest consultation on its next phase of regulation.  The release of the new guidance supersedes the previous Provider Handbooks and instead CQC has implemented more concentrated guidance aimed at each sector it regulates.  The guidance sets out how CQC will regulate …

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Care Talk – The importance of activities in care homes

The provision of activities in care homes has long been on CQC’s radar.  With the ever-increasing focus on person-centred care provision, it is more important than ever that providers take appropriate steps to ensure person-centred activities are provided to their residents on a daily basis. Whilst it is not explicitly mentioned in the Regulations, the …

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Ridout Report February 2017 – CQC Enforcement Action – CQC’s powers to impose conditions of registration

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 …

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HSJ Insight and Influence- Proposals on changes to professional regulation

The Professional Standards Authority (“PSA”) has recently published its latest proposals for the reform of regulation titled ‘Regulation Rethought’.  The publication sets out proposals for a transformation of the regulation of health and care professionals and suggests key changes to legislation to make this possible, with a primary focus on public protection and professional responsibility.  …

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HSJ Insight and Influence Channel: Key themes from the CQC strategy 2016 to 2021

CQC has recently launched its final consultation on its 2016 to 2021 strategy and business plan.  The consultation follows the ‘Building on strong foundations’ consultation which closed for public comment on 22 November 2015.  In this article we review some key points highlighted in the new consultation. CQC’s strategy is focused around 6 main themes.  …

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