CQC inspection

CQC to Adjust Regulatory Activity until end of March 2023 to Ease Pressures in Health and Social Care

The CQC have announced some changes to their approach to inspection in adult social care in response to the pressures that the sector is currently experiencing. Notably, the CQC has said that they will, “Increase the number of inspections of care homes and homecare agencies with a current rating of requires improvement. Inspections will be …

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Update on the CQC’s New Regulatory Approach – Inspection Frequency, Evidence Gathering and the New Rating System

The CQC has recently published further information on its new regulatory approach, most notably in relation to the frequency of assessment, how it will gather evidence and its new scoring system for reaching ratings. Frequency of assessment Assessment frequency will be dependent on the information the CQC receives and the evidence it collects about a …

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6 years since a CQC inspection? Can the CQC move to dynamic, contemporary ratings?

Over the last few months we have frequently written about the CQC moving away from timetabled inspections, now inspecting on the basis of perceived risk.  At Ridouts we have seen, not only, an increase in action taken by the CQC against providers, but action at the highest level, through the issuing of Notices of Proposals …

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One year on: How is CQC’s regulatory model working in practice and what will change?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and social care landscape has changed dramatically including in relation to the way in which the CQC regulates the sector. In May 2021, the CQC published its strategy, ‘A new strategy for the changing world of health and social care – CQC’s strategy from 2021’ which …

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WARNING: Registration Cancelled after Manager Attempted to Mislead CQC Inspector

In November 2021 a domiciliary care provider in the Midlands was placed into special measures following a rating of Inadequate as a result of a CQC inspection. The CQC subsequently proposed to cancel the provider’s registration. The provider failed to use their right to appeal against this course of action and their registration has now …

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Update to CQC’s regulatory approach: changes from 1 February 2022

In December 2021, CQC postponed its inspections of some services in order to support the acceleration of the vaccination booster programme and prioritise activity to “help create more capacity in adult social care.” CQC has now taking into account the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the country and has reviewed and updated its regulatory approach, …

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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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Whistleblowing Disclosures On The Rise – How Effective Are Your Governance Systems?

Introduction In the latest 2020-2021 healthcare professional regulators whistleblowing report, whistleblowing disclosures have risen to 192 from 107 in the previous year. This substantial increase has largely been attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic, but is also indicative of a rising trend of whistleblowing within the health and social care sector, due to a growing divide …

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