17Aug 2018
The RIdout Report. Flower.

The House of Commons recently debated the future of the Transforming Care programme[1]. Concerns were raised that the Programme was unlikely to realise the ambitions set out in the Building the Right Support strategy before it ends in 2019. These ambitions are to develop more community services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who […]

16Aug 2018
The RIdout Report. Windy Dandelions.

The House of Commons recently debated the future of the Transforming Care programme[1]. Concerns were raised that the Programme was unlikely to realise the ambitions set out in the Building the Right Support strategy before it ends in 2019. These ambitions are to develop more community services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who […]

06Jul 2018
The RIdout Report. TreeStump

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has just launched a consultation requesting views on changes to their 2015 guidance for pharmacy services, specially for those services provided on the internet or at a distance. The consultation process will run for 8 weeks, until 21 August 2018, and we strongly urge all providers within this specific sector […]

13Apr 2018
The RIdout Report. GreenFlower

Since the introduction of the CQC rating system in 2014 there have been various revisions of CQC’s guidance to providers on how it monitors, inspects and regulates adult social care services which impact how CQC makes judgements and how providers can challenge these. It is important for providers to challenge factual inaccuracies and misleading comments […]

05Mar 2018
The RIdout Report. Spiderweb

In recent months we at Ridouts have seen a significant increase in the Care Quality Commission’s use of enforcement action. Providers are approaching us seeking explanations for the serious looking correspondence that has landed on their doorstep. Emblazoned in bold lettering, the headings bear the ominous text “NOTICE OF PROPOSAL TO CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION” or […]

08Feb 2018
The RIdout Report. Spider water drop

As first published in the HSJ Insight and Influence Channel. We are in mid-Winter.  We were told the NHS was never better prepared.  A significant ‘flu “epidemic”, relatively unusual cold conditions and a difficult Christmas (most of which were unpredictable) have all intervened. Confidence has been shattered.  We have all viewed images, designed to be […]

05Jan 2018
The RIdout Report. RedMarble

CQC’s Strategy for 2016 to 2021 sets out four priorities it will focus on in order to achieve a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation, so more people get high-quality care.  One of those four priorities is to “deliver an intelligence-driven approach to regulation”. CQC hopes, that by being more intelligence-driven, it will […]

11Dec 2017
The RIdout Report. LeafPatern

CQC claim to now have a handle on the quality of care provision provided in the UK; however this is on the presumption that the inspections it conducts provide it with accurate conclusions.  I write from the perspective of a trainee solicitor who has sight of what would appear to be those providers CQC views […]