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Healthcare Business – April 2019 – Service user relationships and CQC: Is the intrusive regulator acting beyond its remit again?

In February 2019, CQC issued guidance on ‘relationships and sexuality in adult care services’ and how providers should consider service users’ relationship and sexuality needs. CQC hopes that the guidance will provide clarity and direction to providers to help support service users to manage their sexuality needs and to assist providers to safeguard vulnerable service …

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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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HSJ – January 2019 – An update on the reform of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

2018 has seen substantial reform and parliamentary time for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) legislation, much to the surprise of people who thought this would not be the case. But these developments have not come without opposition. In July we saw the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill introduced. This bill abolished the Deprivation of Liberty …

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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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Care Talk Article – December 2018 – Time to get tough or time to get real?

The CQC has had a little shake up at the top recently with Sir David Behan, CQC’s Chief executive stepping down and Ian Trenholm replacing his place. Mr Trenholm has previously been chief executive of NHS Blood and Transport since 2014 and had started his career in the police service. During a recent interview, Mr …

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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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ACHIEVING A HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM FIT FOR PURPOSE – A GREEN PAPER – SOLUTIONS FROM A LEADING SPECIALIST HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE LAW FIRM

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As a leading health and social care legal practice we recommend the following five fundamental changes to the health and social care system in England. The sector is not lacking ideas and recommendations but these need to be considered urgently by Government and policy makers. Now is the time to re-appraise some basic …

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Deprivation of Liberties: when will we get it right? As published in Caring Times – November 2018

Promoting and safeguarding a person’s autonomy is a fundamental right, which is entrenched in national/international legal systems. Therefore, to infringe on such rights it is imperative that great consideration and thought is given to developing legislation which protect such rights. The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill (“Proposed Bill”), will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (“DoLS”) in …

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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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The RIdout Report. Flower.

Could Improvements post-inspection now be reported on in CQC reports? (as published in Healthcare Business – September 2018)

CQC inspections have, for years, been considered a “snap-shot” of a home/location on the day of the inspection.  CQC rock up, take a view of what they find, and then write a report and make a judgment on an appropriate rating. When challenging inspection report findings and ratings, sometimes our clients will provide us with evidence …

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