CQC enforcement

Notices of Decision – Using the Appeal Process to your Advantage

It is always worrying when you receive a letter from the CQC that states it has decided to cancel your registration, suspend your registration, or impose conditions on your registration, which in effect, will prevent you as a provider from conducting business. At Ridouts we have received numerous calls from panicked providers about the effects …

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CQC to impose a condition on Providers relating to people with learning disability and autism

The Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) announced on 31 August 2022 that they will be amending guidance relating to people with a learning disability or autism, which care providers are subject to. Since 2020 the CQC have implemented guidance called ‘Right Support, right care, right culture’ (“RSRCRC”). This is statutory guidance under section 23 of the …

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CQC’s New Approach To Regulation

In 2021, the CQC unveiled its latest strategy for regulation including a new ‘single inspection framework’ which claims to ensure a greater emphasis on ‘care integration, people’s experiences, cultures of safety and learning/improvement.’ During the pandemic, routine inspections ceased all together and it seems the CQC has taken this opportunity to phase them out as …

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New Mandatory Training Requirement For All CQC Registered Health And Social Care Providers

The CQC has updated its statutory guidance on compliance with Regulation 18 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This reflects a change in law, as of today (1 July 2022), that requires all health and social care providers registered with the CQC to ensure their staff have received training …

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The Two Biggest Challenges for Social Care Providers

In my 13 years at Ridouts there isn’t much I haven’t seen in terms of regulatory and operational challenges in the health and social care sector. CQC enforcement action, opaque and seemingly never-ending safeguarding investigations and difficult contractual negotiations with local authorities are just a few of the issues that we unpick day to day. …

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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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Further Delays to the Implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards

The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) has announced a further delay to the public consultation on the draft regulations and draft Code of Practice for the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Liberty Protection Safeguards (“LPS”). The DHSC had intended to launch the consultation in the summer of 2021 but said that due …

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