The Ridout Report

Getting the Facts (and Ratings) Straight – CQC’s Factual Accuracy Process

Whilst the majority of CQC inspections have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, this will not remain the case forever.  When inspections re-start there will inevitably be a backlog which could lead to reports being rushed, less detailed and more prone to error. Incorrect or misleading information in CQC inspection reports can be …

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Local Authorities provided with the ability to relax adherence to their duties under the Care Act 2014

The Government has provided Local Authorities with the ability to relax their adherence to certain duties such as to conduct care assessments; determine eligibility for the receipt of care; assess financial resources; and to meet the needs of care and support to individuals under the Care Act 2014.  These powers came into force from 31 …

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Holding the CQC to account: a flawed system – Ridout Report -March 2020

It often feels that Providers have limited opportunities to have their say and defend their corner against the CQC. It can appear that the system is stacked against them. Providers should ensure they are aware of all of the systems available to respond to the CQC, in order to capitalise on every opportunity to have …

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Ridout Report – February 2020 – CQC’s new draft Registering the Right Support guidance – A missed opportunity for clarity and yet another consultation blunder?

In May 2019, CQC announced that there was to be a review of its Registering the Right Support guidance “to ensure that its principles are clear and its aims are achieved.” This began with a scoping exercise in May 2019 where CQC sought stakeholder views on a number of issues including: the definitions of ‘campus’ …

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Ridout Report – 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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Ridout Report – December 2019 – The health and social care sector under a Conservative Government

With a new Conservative government led by Boris Johnson, what lies ahead for the health and social care sector? Pre-election, the Conservative Party’s number one guarantee was “extra funding for the NHS”. Expectations are high as not only have the Conservatives pledged £34 billion per year in additional funding for the NHS, they have vowed …

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Ridout Report- Election Special December 2019- What do the political parties have to offer social care in the General election?

The election is around the corner and the social care sector has been given manifesto-shaped presents in advance of the festive season. But what is contained in these presents for the sector… Conservative manifesto on ‘Getting Brexit Done’ The Conservatives pledge to create a cross party consensus on how to solve the country’s problems relating …

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Ridout Report – November 2019 -Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019

On 1 October 2019, the new ‘Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019’ (the “2019 Regulations”) came into force.  The rules set out much needed clarity regarding the circumstances in which doctors are required to report a death to a coroner. The background that led to the introduction of the Regulations In his Report to the Lord …

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The Ridout Report – September 2019 – CQC on restraint, seclusion and segregation – what does this mean for providers?

This Ridout Report considers CQC’s review of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation in services providing care for people with learning disabilities and or/autism and mental health problems. Phase 1 of the review started in December 2018 and during this phase CQC considered whether and how restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation are being used in child …

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The Ridout Report – July 2019 – Is an increase of prosecution powers a reflection of the state of care?

Ian Trenholm, the Chief Executive of CQC, seems to have kept to his word about increasing the use of CQC’s prosecution powers. CQC’s annual report, published on 23 July 2019 shows statistics covering various types of enforcement such as cautions and warning notices to penalty notices and prosecutions. The statistics show a sharp rise in …

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