Maddi Gaunt

Update on CQC Strategy – Monthly Risk Reviews and Monitoring Calls

As we watch with interest as its new regulatory strategy develops, the CQC has announced that they will be carrying out a monthly risk review of most services in the health and social care sector as part of their “Monitoring Approach”. This approach to regulatory activity appears to build largely on the Transitional Monitoring Approach …

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CQC Strategy Consultation on Inspections and Ratings –  Will more flexible mean better?

As part of its 2021 strategy, the CQC has published a consultation which promises a significant shift in its approach to inspections and ratings. This article does not explore these proposals nor the merits of them in detail (although, for future reference we do think there will be a lot to say) but in short, …

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Reminder to health and social care employers – Beware of HSE Covid-19 Spot Checks

Providers are reminded that the HSE is carrying out (often unannounced) spot checks on employers in all types of businesses to ensure workplaces are Covid-19 secure. Visits might be carried out by the HSE, or by agents acting on their behalf. In the latter’s case, they should carry a letter of authorisation from the HSE, …

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So now the Covid-19 claims might be coming, what should providers do?

Covid-19 is leaving many casualties in its wake. This is not limited to the human casualties. Many companies will have gone out of business. Many contracts will have, technically been breached and people will have suffered loss and damage. Many employees will have lost their jobs, or had changes of terms imposed on them. People …

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A reminder to providers: Ofsted to resume “Assurance Visits”

Ofsted will resume visits to children’s services again this month. Most visits were suspended in March 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions but in August 2020, Ofsted confirmed that visits to children’s services would be resuming again from 1 September 2020. These “Assurance Visits” will be undertaken as part of Ofsted’s phased return to routine inspections. …

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Safeguarding referrals – to notify or not to notify the CQC?

All providers will (we hope) be familiar with safeguarding referrals. These need to be made to the relevant safeguarding authority when certain incidents, events, or near misses arise in the provision of care services. Many events which lead to safeguarding referrals also fall within the definition of what must be notified to the CQC as …

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CQC’s strategy towards Smarter Regulation: Is a change in culture on the cards?

As we have reported on previously, the CQC are currently considering their forward thinking strategy and aim to move towards a strategy of “Smarter Regulation”. Their goal is, they say: “to make regulation simpler but dynamic to reflect the changes in health and social care we can anticipate, as well as those we cannot. We …

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CQC’s survey on Smarter Regulation: a move towards an intelligence-led inspection schedule?

The CQC have recently requested that stakeholders in the health and social care sector take part in a survey to help frame their strategy for 2021 and beyond. This survey has been published as part of the CQC’s project on “Smarter Regulation” on the citizenlab portal. The CQC says of the project: “We want to …

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The CQC’s new “Closed Cultures” guidance – a signal of a new super-critical approach?

The CQC have recently published new guidance for its operational staff on “closed cultures” which it defines as a “poor culture in a health or care service that increases the risk of harm [including] human rights abuses”. Abuse in care has – and rightly so – been high on the CQC’s agenda for a while …

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