The Ridout Report

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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Ridout Report – June 2019 – It’s one rule for you and one rule for CQC. Does CQC deserve respect when it has double standards?

I recently saw a post on LinkedIn that said “Who is actually holding the Care Quality Commission to account”.  It’s a good question.  Sadly it often falls to Providers to challenge and question CQC, both its actions and its judgments. Challenge usually, but not always, accompanies a rating of Requires Improvement or Inadequate.  As of …

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Ridout Report – May 2019 – Registering the Right Support Revisited. CQC announces plans to change its controversial LD Registration guidance

CQC has announced that there is to be a review of the Registering the Right Support guidance “to ensure that its principles are clear and its aims are achieved.” This is welcome news for the sector and will hopefully lead to increased clarity for all concerned. However, it will be too little too late for …

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Ridout Report – April 2019 – CQC’s new FAC process revealed – what does it achieve?

Last week saw the publication of CQC’s ‘new’ factual accuracy comments (“FAC”) process for draft inspection reports.  In last month’s Ridout Report Jenny Wilde discussed the potential consequences of the proposed changes.  As we now know what CQC has decided, this Ridout Report discusses what changes have been made and how these may impact a …

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The CQC wants to become more efficient – but will this be at the Provider’s expense?

There have been significant changes at the top tier of the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) in recent months.  Ian Trenholm took over as Chief Executive in July 2018 and Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, departed in January 2019. She has been replaced by Debbie Westhead on an interim basis until Kate Terroni …

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HSJ – February 2019 – Not Registering the Right Support to Transform Care

As the clock ticks down towards the end of the Transforming Care Programme in March 2019, there is widespread concern the Programme has been unsuccessful in realising the ambitions set out in the Building the Right Support strategy. These ambitions, rooted in the wake of Winterbourne View and similar scandals, were to develop more community …

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HSJ – January 2019 – The Duty of Candour; a timely reminder to providers

CQC has for the first time used its criminal enforcement powers against a health and social care provider for a failure to comply with the Duty of Candour under Regulation 20 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (“Regulation 20”).  CQC fined Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the “Bradford …

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Ridout Report – February 2019 – Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Charging For Accommodation and Service After Death

21st Century regulators have shown a desire to widen the scope of their regulatory activity. This inevitably leads to allegations of multiple/overlapping regulation. That has long been regarded as bad regulation. Health and Social Care is one of the most heavily regulated sectors in UK Business. The CQC are all present and very powerful. There …

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Sexual Safety in Care: Considering the recent case of CQC v Hillgreen Care Limited [2018]

There has been recent media attention in relation to sexual safety of service users in care homes following the case of CQC v Hillgreen Care Limited [2018], where the provider was fined £300,000 for failing in its duty to protect service users in its care, exposing them to the risk of sexual abuse. District Judge …

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Ridout Report – What will be the role of care home managers in the ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’? – an update and analysis

Much to the surprise of people who thought there would be no reform or parliamentary time for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) legislation, the past year has proved that is not the case. In July we saw the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill introduced. This Bill abolished the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, by deleting Mental …

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