Care Quality Commission to Evolve Inspection System

The Care Quality Commission is planning to cross the threshold of NHS trusts for inspections at least once annually, according to the chair of the regulator. This is part of an overall shifting strategy for decommissioning. The CQC is moving to a risk-based inspection regime as part of its strategy to manage its shrinking budget, which will see it target resources where the “risk to the quality of care is greatest”. Previously the Care Quality Commission had been criticised in some quarters... Readmore

Care Quality Commission to Change Inspector Policy

The Deputy Inspector of General Practice has suggested that the Care Quality Commission may phone practices in future regarding concerns, as opposed to sending out inspectors. Ruth Rankine indicated that this will form part of the CQC's new approach from October next year. It is hoped that all practices across the NHS system will have been inspected and rated by this date. Commenting on the issue, Rankine indicated that the Care Quality Commission is comfortable with this new system, owing... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Massively Overspend Staff Budget

Hospital inspectors spent four times their annual budget on hotels, travel and meals, an investigation has found. Teams from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) spent £4.4 million on travel and subsistence in 2014/15 against budget of £1.1 million. The CQC said the overspend was due to the fact the budget was based on a previous, lighter touch inspection regime. Up to £80,000 was spent on accommodation during a single inspection. In some cases, more than 100 inspectors attended one visit.... Readmore

Acute Trust to Come out of Special Measures

An acute trust which had previously struggled with both financial and performance problems will come out of special measures following a Care Quality Commission inspection. NHS Improvement has confirmed that Wye Valley Trust will exit special measures following a recommendation from the CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals. The trust had been rated inadequate since October 2014, but there was strong evidence that Wye Valley Paddy improved its operation. Progress made at the trust led to it being... Readmore

NHS Teaching Trust to be Placed in Special Measures

A large NHS teaching trust is to be placed in special measures after inspectors rated it inadequate. St George’s University Hospitals NHS foundation trust in Tooting, south-west London, will enter special measures after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was inadequate for safety and on the issue of being well-led. The trust was also told it requires improvement for being effective and responsive, although it was rated good for caring. Eighteen NHS trusts in England are in special... Readmore

Walton Centre Foundation Trust Rated Outstanding

The Care Quality Commission has awarded its second outstanding rating to a specialist trust. This honour has been bestowed on the Walton Centre Foundation Trust; a specialist in brain and spinal services based in Liverpool. The Walton was rated outstanding for the care shown to patients and the effectiveness of its services. Additionally, it received a 'good' accreditation from the CQC over safety, being well led and responsiveness. Although this is only the second specialist trust to receive... Readmore

Mental Health Trust Taken out of Special Measures

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has been removed from special measures after demonstrating a serious improvement in its performance. The FT had been in the unenviable position of being the only mental health trust to receive the lowest Care Quality Commission rating back in October 2014. Following this inspection, the trust was placed in special measures in February 2015. NHS Improvement has now indicated that it will remove the special measures mandate, after the Norfolk and Suffolk... Readmore

Mental Health Trusts First to Receive Outstanding Rating from CQC

Two of the biggest mental health trusts in the UK have been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC); the first along this specialised area of the health system to receive this exalted status. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust and East London Foundation Trust have both been afforded the CQC’s highest rating. Commenting on the award, Navina Evans, chief executive of the Rast London Foundation Trust noted that the organisation “continuously reviews what we do to learn... Readmore

GP Practice Drops Judicial Review into CQC’s Practice Inspection and Appeals Process

A GP practice has opted to postpone its judicial review into the practice inspection and appeals process of the Care Quality Commission. The GP Defence Fund had informed a surgery in the East Midlands that it would support and fund the case, but the practice has since written to the fund indicating that the matter will no longer be pursued. Apparently the decision has been taken by the surgery itself, with the funding body actually keen to continue with the judicial review. The details... Readmore

Major Abortion Provider Suspends Operations

One of the most important providers of abortions in England has suspended terminations under general anaesthetic, and to those aged under 18. This reduction of usual operations at the Mary Stopes International follows inspections from healthcare regulators. The Care Quality Commission has raised concerns about the quality of patient safety at the institution, which has led some of the critical activities which take place at Marie Stopes to be suspended until the situation improves. NHS England... Readmore

High Court to Review Care Quality Commission Recommendation on GP Reviews

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has agreed to review recommendations made by a High Court judge regarding its inspection process. It had been indicated by the High Court that the complaints process should be made fairer for GP practices, with the judge ruling over the case suggesting that this could reduce litigation costs for the NHS. The CQC was told to appoint an independent expert to review GP practices' requests for factual corrections before publishing their inspection report, rather than... Readmore

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Removed from Special Measures by Care Quality Commission

The first NHS hospital to be placed completely under private management has been rated as good as following two years in special measures. But regulators still ruled that Hinchingbrooke Hospital must improve its emergency care. Hinchingbrooke was placed in special measures in September 2014. At that time it was run by Circle Health, but the hospital returned to NHS control in April 2015. But the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected the hospital back in May, and discovered that significant... Readmore
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