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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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Understanding the CQC’s strategy and regulatory approach

The CQC is working to fulfil its strategy that was launched last year. Under the new strategy the regulator plans to continually monitor practices and also shorten inspection reports. So what does this all mean for practices? What to expect and when The CQC’s current strategy sets out its aims, aspirations and outcomes from 2021 …

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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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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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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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The Importance Of Accuracy – What Health And Social Care Providers Can Do To Ensure Inspection Reports Reflect Their Service

Whilst going through a regulatory inspection can be a stressful and high pressured situation, coping with the resultant draft report can be equally challenging. Inspection reports are essentially the most compelling piece of marketing for any health or social care service and so the contents of any inspection report ought to accurately reflect what the …

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CQC’s new strategy and the impact of ‘Smarter regulation’ on GP Practices

On 27 May 2021, CQC launched its new strategy which it says has the purpose of enabling more effective regulation in the health and social care sector. The strategy focuses on four themes: People and communities Smarter regulation Safety through learning Accelerating improvement This article looks at ‘smarter regulation’ and the impact that this could …

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CQC’s Consultation on “Changes for Flexible Regulation”- What could it mean for Providers?

January 2021 saw the release of two important consultation documents by the CQC. The first was its consultation on its strategy from 2021 and beyond which has now closed. The second, and the subject of this article, is its consultation “Changes for Flexible Regulation” which is currently live and open for responses. Both documents set …

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