challenging conditions of registration

Why appeasing the CQC could lead to a catastrophe later down the line

Our lawyers have been engaged in supporting Health and Care providers with their relationships with regulators for many years. Over the last 20 years there has been a steady increase in the regularity and intensity of regulator intrusion into care provision businesses.  Whilst those businesses face many of the same challenges and operational issues as …

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Are Your Representations Against CQC Notices of Proposal Being Ignored?

At Ridouts we are frequently seeing that the CQC is automatically adopting Notices of Proposal, seemingly ignoring, or not testing the validity of, the representations submitted by Providers. In some cases the CQC is sending out Notices of Decision months after the Notice of Proposal was issued and therefore months and months, in some cases …

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If Ofsted cancelled your registration would you know what to do?

Many of the children’s home providers we advise at Ridouts are exasperated by the sheer speed at which concerns expressed by Ofsted can escalate into serious enforcement action. Regulatory concerns may start with relatively straightforward recommendations for improvement but quickly escalate to compliance actions and, in the most severe of circumstances, cancellation of registration. It …

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What happens if the CQC wants to vary a practice’s conditions of registration?

The CQC’s focus on ‘Smarter Regulation’ in its new strategy includes a risk-based model of inspection. This model could lead to a much greater focus on GP practices that are perceived as ‘risky’ by the CQC, which could in turn lead to an increase in enforcement action. At Ridouts, we are already seeing an increase …

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Conditions of Registration – Giving the CQC even more control over your business?

For some time, CQC has been undertaking more activity based on risk and focusing efforts on services where they perceive concerns have arisen, or patient safety is at risk. This is not changing under the CQC’s new strategy. CQC’s business plan for 2020-2023 identifies four business priorities and 10 objectives. One of these is to …

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CQC and the imposition of conditions of registration – Caring Times – January 2018

In its strategy for 2016/2021 CQC undertook to continue to use the full range of its enforcement powers, such as restrictions or closure of services, fixed penalty notices or prosecution where they find poor care below the Fundamental Standards. Its business plan for 2017/2018 identified “the proportion of newly registered providers where we take a …

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