Care Quality Commission to Review GP Special Measures Scheme

The Care Quality Commission has signalled its intention to review the way that its GP special measures scheme operates. Poorly-performing practices will be dealt with in what the commission describes as a ‘lighter touch’ inspection model from October. The scheme provides a framework and timeframe for inadequate practices to improve, but is set to be axed under new plans documented by the Care Quality Commission. A spokesman indicated that the commission is presently investigating how it should... Readmore

Figures Suggest Practices Left in Limbo Over CQC Reports

Official figures indicate that the Care Quality Commission failed to deliver reports within the targeted 50 days in approximately 40% of cases. GP leaders warned that the tardiness involved is leaving practices and their staff in a state of limbo. Figures from January indicate that the Care Quality Commission was only able to complete 61% of reports within the 50-day inspection target. This was well under the 90% figure that the commission had been set. Inspections have been completed... Readmore

Medway Foundation Trust Removed from Special Measures

A hospital that was condemned for being one of the very worst in the country has been removed from special measures by the Care Quality Commission. Professor Sir Mike Richards, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, has recommended that the Medway Foundation Trust can be removed from this unenviable situation following substantial improvements. NHS Improvement confirmed that the trust has been taken out of special measures in recognition of the “major improvement in the services it offers patients”. Nonetheless,... Readmore

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust Exists Special Measures

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust has moved out of special measures after the Care Quality Commission acknowledged improvements. Performance and financial difficulties had necessitated the move to special measures in December 2013, with the trust having been placed in the highest risk category by the Care Quality Commission. This has continued for some years, after the situation had not improved satisfactorily when the trust was further inspected in March 2015. But... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Rates Two Separate Facilities as Good

New reports filed by the Care Quality Commission have praised two organisations for delivering good standards of care. The healthcare watchdog has praised a Weston-super-Mare care home for its ‘supportive’ and ‘relaxed’ approach. Birnbeck House provides accommodation and care for thirteen people with learning disabilities. The home, which is owned by Leonard Cheshire Disability, received a ‘good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission. A report states that staff working there... Readmore

Fawkham Manor Hospital Rated as Inadequate by Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission has deemed a privately owned hospital to be delivering an inadequate level of care. Fawkham Manor Hospital in Kent, which is run by BMI Healthcare, was considered to be inadequate following an inspection from the CQC’s safety department. Particularly worrying was the fact that the Care Quality Commission discovered that patients at the institution were at high risk of harm and abuse. The CQC report said surgery patients were “at high risk of avoidable harm,... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Patient Experts Face Wage Cut

Several experts by experience working within the Care Quality Commission will have their pay cut following a controversial decision related to their new contracts. Experts by experience are those professionals with personal experience of health and social care services employed to bring a service user perspective to CQC inspections. Employment agency Remploy has decided to reduce the hourly pay rate for such experts by approximately 20%. The agency is currently responsible for providing... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Warns of West Midlands Problems

The Care Quality Commission has issued a warning regarding the West Midlands region. It seems that the risk of a patient taking their life is disproportionately high in this area due to a shortage of acute beds. A patient of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust had died back in November from an “intentional overdose” while under the care of a home treatment team, providing a chilling preface to this latest report. And information provided by coroners suggests that this... Readmore

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation Trust Rated Outstanding by CQC

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation Trust has been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. This can be considered an excellent achievement, as the number of trusts receiving the outstanding verdict from the Care Quality Commission is relatively small in number. CQC inspectors praised numerous aspects of the operation of the trust, with staff training being particularly highlighted. This includes a simulation-based training programme and efforts to boost the skills of individual... Readmore

West Midlands Ambulance Service Rated Outstanding by CQC

The West Midlands Ambulance Service has been rated as outstanding in its routine inspection by the Care Quality Commission. This represents a particularly proud moment for the service, as the West Midlands ambulance service becomes the first ambulance trust in England to be rated this highly. The CQC inspected the trust in June and July of last year, and found that it is delivering the highest standards of service possible. All the other ambulance trusts in England are rated as requiring... Readmore

Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Flagged up by Care Quality Commission

The high profile specialist provider Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust has been deemed to be requiring improvement by the Care Quality Commission. The report issued by the CQC, following an inspection in June, noted that the trust was lacking in several areas. Although the specialist heart and lung trust was given “good” ratings in the effective, caring and well-led categories, it received the “requires improvement” rating in the safety and responsive categories. On the plus... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Points to Inadequate Bereavement Inquiries

A newly published report suggests that NHS investigations into patient deaths are inadequate, causing more suffering to bereaved families. The Care Quality Commission found that relatives have frequently been unreasonably excluded from investigations, or given inadequate responses. Researchers at the CQC have spent an entire year investigating some of the most high-profile cases of neglect in the NHS. Jeremy Hunt is expected to force health trusts publish statistics on preventable deaths,... Readmore
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