CQC inspections

A Shift In Culture – The key to avoiding Risk-Based Inspections

Over 50% of CQC inspections in Adult Social Care are currently triggered by “information of concern” and providers should take note that over 55% of these “risk based” inspections have resulted in a rating of Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Providers should therefore be very wary of any “Information of concern”, which is not limited to …

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What has happened to the CQC’s Transitional Monitoring Approach?

In the wake of the pandemic, the CQC changed its entire approach to inspections in order to limit inspectors “crossing the threshold”. The CQC initiated remote monitoring through initial conversations with Providers which could result in a site visit if the CQC had concerns, and enforcement action if the CQC found the service to be …

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Report recommends significant shake up to CQC inspections and policies on registration of services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

The CQC yesterday published the Report it commissioned in summer 2019, in response to the Whorlton Hall scandal. Professor Glynis Murphy’s report makes very interesting reading, but disappointingly is it a little lack-lustre in identifying where the CQC might have done things better. The Report does accept “in hindsight” that things could have been done …

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Suspension of Ratings: Is this CQC being transparent or underhand? As published in Caring Times December 2019

Between April and July 2019, CQC suspended 4 providers’ ratings. “Their rating was suspended? Don’t you mean their registration was suspended?” I hear you ask? A little known option available to CQC, which has made its way into the Provider Guidance on ‘How CQC monitors, inspects and regulates adult social care services,’ allows CQC to …

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CQC publishes new Supporting Information on “closed cultures”

The CQC published new Supporting Information for CQC staff earlier this month, entitled “Identifying and responding to closed cultures”. As part of a wider, ongoing review into the use of restrictive intervention, the CQC has identified concerns about the use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation for people with mental health problems, a learning disability …

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Practice Business- GP Practice Manager advice on CQC inspections

The issue of safeguarding is often key to the success of GP practices’ CQC inspections. Nicole Ridgwell, Solicitor at Ridouts Professional Services Ltd, outlines the importance of practice managers staying up to date with safeguarding matters and offers some top tips to avoid CQC criticism.        The Care Act has placed safeguarding on a …

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