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CQC’s publication of data regarding COVID-19 related deaths in care homes

In June 2020, CQC confirmed that it would publish data regarding COVID-19 related death notifications received from care homes between 10 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. This is in addition to the data CQC already publishes on a weekly basis with ONS. The data which was published by CQC yesterday on 21 July 2021, …

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The Importance Of Accuracy – What Health And Social Care Providers Can Do To Ensure Inspection Reports Reflect Their Service

Whilst going through a regulatory inspection can be a stressful and high pressured situation, coping with the resultant draft report can be equally challenging. Inspection reports are essentially the most compelling piece of marketing for any health or social care service and so the contents of any inspection report ought to accurately reflect what the …

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Mandatory vaccinations in the Health and Social Care sector

The Government has consulted on and proposed that the law will be changed so that a provider of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home which provides accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care, can only deploy staff who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. This may be welcomed news …

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Update on CQC Strategy – Monthly Risk Reviews and Monitoring Calls

As we watch with interest as its new regulatory strategy develops, the CQC has announced that they will be carrying out a monthly risk review of most services in the health and social care sector as part of their “Monitoring Approach”. This approach to regulatory activity appears to build largely on the Transitional Monitoring Approach …

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CQC’s New Strategy & Smarter Regulation

On 27 May 2021, CQC launched what it described as its “ambitious new strategy” for 2021 onwards. The strategy aims to achieve 12 outcomes across the following four themes: People and communities; Smarter regulation; Safety through learning; and Accelerating improvement From a regulatory perspective, the theme of “Smarter Regulation” will be of particular interest to …

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CQC’s New Strategy – What does it say and how will it be implemented?

On 27 May 2021 the CQC launched its new strategy outlining how it plans to change and transform to deliver more effective regulation. While the strategy sets out various high level themes, little is said about how the strategy will actually be implemented and how it could impact registered providers on a day to day …

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Is CQC changing its approach to encouraging the improvement of health and social care providers?

CQC announced its new strategy on how it will regulate the health and social care sector in the years to come recently. It is light on detail but does provide a framework upon which CQC’s future action will align. CQC attempts, in its strategy, to address the imbalance on its over-emphasis on enforcement to the …

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Conditions of Registration – Giving the CQC even more control over your business?

For some time, CQC has been undertaking more activity based on risk and focusing efforts on services where they perceive concerns have arisen, or patient safety is at risk. This is not changing under the CQC’s new strategy. CQC’s business plan for 2020-2023 identifies four business priorities and 10 objectives. One of these is to …

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CQC’s new strategy and the impact of ‘Smarter regulation’ on GP Practices

On 27 May 2021, CQC launched its new strategy which it says has the purpose of enabling more effective regulation in the health and social care sector. The strategy focuses on four themes: People and communities Smarter regulation Safety through learning Accelerating improvement This article looks at ‘smarter regulation’ and the impact that this could …

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