The Ridout Report

The CQC Provider Profile – a fairer system than the old star ratings?

Provider Profiles were introduced on the CQC website without fanfare towards the end of last year. At first glance, it might appear beneficial that the Profiles can be easily understood, with a green tick denoting compliance, a grey cross non-compliance and a red cross, enforcement action. However, on careful examination, there are genuine concerns about …

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A little known CQC enforcement power with devastating consequences for providers

Single registration, enabling a provider to be registered in relation to multiple services, was trumpeted as a more proportionate and sensible way of regulating the sector when the Health and Social Care Bill (now Act) was passing through Parliament. However, providers who fall into this category are at considerable risk of a new form urgent …

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Adult Safeguarding – Taking Control

Current Safeguarding Framework The current adult safeguarding framework does not include consolidated legislation which defines safeguarding duties and processes. As a result, real uncertainties exist as to who is responsible when safeguarding alerts are raised. The Department of Health’s No Secrets document, published in 2000, provides guidance to local agencies which have a responsibility to …

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Enforcement: How to Avoid it and How to Respond if it Comes your Way.

Last month the Ridout Report looked at compliance reports and how to challenge them. Where CQC make adverse findings in compliance reviews, there are range of enforcement options open to CQC. This month, the Ridout Report looks at those options and how providers can challenge them. CQC has published guidance which sets out how it …

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