The Ridout Report

CQC’s Updated Regulatory Approach – Has Anything Really Changed?

On 27 January 2022, the CQC announced that, following the easing of Covid restriction across the country, it has reviewed and updated its regulatory approach, with the changes to take effect from 1 February 2022. What is changing? The main changes relate to providers of acute hospitals, ambulance services and general practice. In December 2021, …

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CQC finally set to inspect ‘Requires Improvement’ rated care homes

In its latest publication on the 21 December 2021 the CQC has announced that it will finally begin to inspect care homes rated ‘Requires Improvement’. This means that up to 14% of care homes in the UK (3,271) care homes will now be subject to inspections once again. As part of a wider amendment to …

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CQC Focus On Decline, Not Improvement – Are You At Risk?

On 20 September 2021, CQC hosted a webinar for adult social care providers in relation to its current monitoring approach and set out how it is currently monitoring and prioritising inspections. What did CQC say about its current monitoring approach? During the webinar, CQC said that the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented normal inspection of services …

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Appealing decisions taken by CQC – Are the odds in the favour of Health and Social Care Providers?

Since August 2016 the CQC has had decisions it has made in respect of the registration of health and social care providers appealed 55 times before the First Tier Tribunal (Care Standards).  Of those 55 occasions, only four appeals have been successful.  This translates to a ‘success rate’ of 92%.  This figure should come with …

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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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The Notice of Proposal: a forgone conclusion or a meaningful last chance saloon?

I’ve lost count of the number of calls that Ridouts has received from panicked health and social care providers over the years, anxious about an alien piece of correspondence that has just landed in their inbox from CQC, Ofsted or any other regulator. The wording can be confusing to a provider that has never faced …

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