CQC

Section 64: A Simple Request Or A Formal Obligation?

At Ridouts, when the CQC issue a notice of proposal seeking the imposition of conditions on a provider’s registration, we commonly find ourselves submitting that such extreme measures are unnecessary given the CQC’s powers to make a one-off request for information under Section 64 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (“Act”). But, what …

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CQCs New Regulatory Model Set To Be Introduced In Spring 2023, What Will Be Changing?

Many will now be aware that the CQC is set to switch to a new regulatory model. This will impact how the regulator conducts inspections on health and social care providers. It is proposed that the new regulatory model will be implemented from Spring 2023. The updated model will feature a new data driven approach, …

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CQC Hot Topic – Providers Under Scrutiny for Staffing Records

Over recent months we have noticed an increase in Providers being criticised by the CQC in relation to compliance with regulatory requirements related to staff recruitment records. This can lead to regulatory breaches being referenced in inspection reports which can limit a Provider’s CQC rating. What do the Regulations say? Regulation 19 of the Health …

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The CQC And Its Move Towards Imposing Conditions On Registration

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CQC introduced a risk-based inspection model and focused its inspection activity where service users were deemed to be at risk of harm. Since the introduction of this risk-based system, we have seen an overall increase in the CQC’s enforcement action. This has also been confirmed by the CQC’s Chief Executive Ian …

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How The CQC Will Score Practices Under Its New Regulatory Approach

The CQC is changing its approach to how it regulates GP practices. My colleague, Gemma Nicholas, recently wrote an article outlining the CQC’s new strategy and regulatory approach and what this might mean for practices. The CQC has released further detail on how it intends to assess providers within its new regulatory model; including its …

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Should Providers Accept Or Challenge CQC’s Findings?

Many health and social care providers decide to engage with CQC in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. They accept the ratings awarded to them by CQC and they accept CQC’s findings and don’t challenge them as they are not confident that their efforts will lead to successfully changing CQC’s position. This lack of challenge …

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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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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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