The CQC has extensive enforcement powers which, if exercised, can have a major impact on a Trust’s registration. These powers can be taken on notice or, if urgent, on an emergency basis.
The CQC can serve a:
Notice of Proposal (NOP) to:
Ridouts can help the Trust to draft representations to the NOP setting out why the proposed action should not be taken.
Notice of Decision (NOD) to:
Ridouts can help the Trust to appeal the Notice of Decision to the First-Tier (Care Standards) Tribunal.
Magistrates’ Court Order:
Ridouts can help the Trust to appeal the order to the First-Tier (Care Standards) Tribunal.
Such action can be highly damaging, reputations can be tarnished, Trusts can be prosecuted for failing to comply with conditions of registration and patient care can be interrupted.
Ridouts can work with the Trust to build a robust response to these types of action.
Letter of Intent
The CQC may issue a Letter of Intent to a Trust. These are used as a pre-cursor to the above types of action. These letters ask the Trust to respond within a short timeframe (often 24 hours or less) to assure the CQC that suitable action is being taken to mitigate perceived risk.
Ridouts can help you by: