Samantha Burges

Samantha Burges

Government eases visiting restrictions for those lacking mental capacity

On 27 April 2021 the Department for Health and Social Care updated its guidance and additional guidance on visiting restrictions for those who lack capacity. Essentially the guidance states that face-to-face visits by professionals, for example for DoLS assessments, are an important part of the DoLS legal framework.  Such visits can occur if needed, for …

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Government Consults on Mandatory COVID-19 Jabs for Care Home Staff

The Government have officially announced today that they are consulting on mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for care home staff in England.  The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “The vaccine is already preventing deaths and is our route out of this pandemic. We have a duty of care to those most vulnerable to Covid-19, …

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CQC inspection reports pulled due to conduct of “expert by experience”

Ridouts has been made aware that CQC has removed a number of inspection reports from publication following concerns that an expert by experience had duplicated quotes and evidence across different providers’ reports, making the evidence base of the reports unsound.  It has been suggested that as a result of the conduct of the expert by …

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2020 Vision: What’s on the horizon for health and social care providers?

It’s going to be a year of change and development in the health and social care sector. So what should providers look out for and how will these changes impact their businesses? CQC report on restraint and segregation In May 2019 CQC published its interim report on the review of restraint, seclusion and segregation across …

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CQC’s State of Care Report – A focus on mental health and learning disability services and the adult social care sector – Healthcare Business October 2019

The 2019 CQC State of Care Report was recently published on 15 October 2019.  Overall CQC has concluded that the quality of care across the country is improving slightly but raised concerns about individuals continued difficulties in accessing the care and support they require.  CQC’s analysis in relation to mental health and learning disability services …

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Care Talk – May 2019 – Complaints in the spotlight

In February this year CQC launched its ‘Declare Your Care’ campaign, encouraging people to share their experiences of care with CQC to support it with its regulatory work.  The associated press release included data from a consumer research study commenting on people’s regrets about not raising concerns about health and social care services when they …

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Ridout Report – April 2019 – CQC’s new FAC process revealed – what does it achieve?

Last week saw the publication of CQC’s ‘new’ factual accuracy comments (“FAC”) process for draft inspection reports.  In last month’s Ridout Report Jenny Wilde discussed the potential consequences of the proposed changes.  As we now know what CQC has decided, this Ridout Report discusses what changes have been made and how these may impact a …

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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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