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Latest NMC figures reveal that nursing levels are at an all-time high – what impact will this have on health and social care providers?

On 17 December 2019, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published its ‘Mid-year update: 1 April – 30 September 2019’ Register Data Report (“Report”). The latest figures from the Report reveal that between 1 April 2019 to 20 September 2019, the number of nurses, midwives and nursing associates on the NMC register was at an …

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Suspension of Ratings: Is this CQC being transparent or underhand? As published in Caring Times December 2019

Between April and July 2019, CQC suspended 4 providers’ ratings. “Their rating was suspended? Don’t you mean their registration was suspended?” I hear you ask? A little known option available to CQC, which has made its way into the Provider Guidance on ‘How CQC monitors, inspects and regulates adult social care services,’ allows CQC to …

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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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Managing safeguarding investigations – preserving your regulatory and reputational position – Caring Times October 2019

Safeguarding investigations can be incredibly stressful and difficult times for providers of health and social care services. Any allegations involving vulnerable people will always, and understandably, expose providers to intense scrutiny. Such investigations are very difficult to manage and can lead to revelations that health and social care providers have abused those they look after. …

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Whistleblowing in the health and social care sector – As published in Healthcare Business – October 2019

On 11 September 2019, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published its joint whistleblowing disclosures report with other professional regulators to show what action regulators have taken and how they work together in relation to whistleblowing disclosures. When talking about the ‘Whistleblowers disclosure report 2019’, Matthew McClelland, Director of Fitness to Practise at the NMC …

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CQC and record keeping – If it’s not written down it didn’t happen – As published in Care Talk magazine – September 2019

The purpose of a CQC inspection is to determine if a service is complying with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 and the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009. CQC determines if a service is ‘Good’ by considering five key questions (is the service safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led?). …

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Do CQC’s enforcement procedures Require Improvement?

CQC has published its annual report and accounts for 2018/2019. This includes their performance summary and analysis benchmarked against its four strategic priorities to: Encourage improvement, innovation and sustainability in care Deliver an intelligence-driven approach to regulation Promote a single shared view of quality Improve our efficiency and effectiveness In respect of priority one, CQC …

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Standing up for your business – Healthcare Business July 2019

We have many providers of health and social care services contact us to describe in detail the injustices they have suffered at the hands of a regulator, a commissioner or a professional regulatory body. These stories often relate to inefficiencies within those respective organisations that have led to incorrect conclusions or unreasonable or disproportionate regulatory …

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Care Talk – June 2019 – How providers and their staff can influence CQC to be more consistent

CQC presented its draft Business Plan for 2019/2020 at its April Board meeting.  At the core of the plan are four key items, described as CQC’s purpose: encourage improvement, innovation and sustainability in care; deliver an intelligence driven approach to regulation; promote a single shared view of quality; improve their efficiencies and effectiveness. One of …

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The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 has been given Royal Assent – what will happen when the new Liberty Protection Safeguards come into force?

On 16 May 2019, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 (“the Act”) was given Royal Assent and it is hoped that it will come into force in Spring 2020. The Act amends the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in relation to procedures in which a person may be deprived of their liberty where the person lacks …

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