Care Quality Commission Rates London Trust as Good

A south east London NHS trust that specialises in mental healthcare has been rated Good overall for its forensic inpatient/secure wards by the Care Quality Commission. It had previously been rated Requires Improvement. Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which provides community and mental health services to the London boroughs of Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich, was rated Outstanding for being responsive to patients and Good for being safe, effective caring and well-led. During the Care Quality... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Approves GP Surgery

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by Dr Chidananda Barua’s practice in Farnworth to be Good following an inspection in March. During an inspection in May 2016 CQC rated the practice as Inadequate and put into special measures. The concerns identified included significant gaps in the practice’s governance arrangements and risks to people’s safety. Since this inspection, the practice has implemented changes that the CQC asked to be made. These changes... Readmore

Trust Rated as Inadequate Once More by Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission has condemned a trust which has failed to improve after a period of continuing poor performance. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust was rated inadequate back in December 2015, but has failed to make satisfactory improvements in order to be removed from special measures. The trust had particularly attracted the attention of the media when a patient died in the corridors at one of its hospitals. Having reported on the trust, the CQC found that there had been a litany... Readmore

Highgate Private Hospital Receives Outstanding Rating from CQC

Highgate Private Hospital received an outstanding rating for well-led services and a good overall grading from the Care Quality Commission. This was the first time that the hospital had undergone an independent inspection from the regulator. Located in an exclusive area of north London, Highgate Private Hospital intends to provide outstanding healthcare for the community. Inspectors found that services at the hospital were particularly consistent, with every other category other than that... Readmore

CQC Inspectors Criticise Trust Over Missed Deadline

Care Quality Commission inspectors have criticised a troubled hospital trust for failing to meet deadlines related to care. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust had been particularly criticised for allowing patients to die on trolleys. And the publication of a preliminary report from the commission revealed that patients have been placed on trolleys in the corridors of Accident and Emergency even when space was available. This led to considerable criticism after it was included in May board... Readmore

GPs Request Support in ORder to Challenge CQC Ratings and Inspections

The approach of the Care Quality Commission has been challenged by some prominent individuals working within the healthcare system. While the efforts of the regulator have steadily evolved during its short existence, there is still a feeling that sometimes the standards set by the Care Quality Commission are too stringent. And proposing a motion at the LMC conference in Edinburgh earlier this month, Dr Umar Tahir from Manchester LMC suggested that the commission must change in order to meet... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Rates Independent Provider as Outstanding

The Care Quality Commission has rated an independent provider as outstanding; the highest commendation offered by the commission. Horder Centre in Crowborough, East Sussex, has been rated outstanding overall, with its caring and responsive qualities particularly praised. Safety and leadership at the organisation was also considered well above average. Horder Healthcare is responsible for running the organisation, and the private healthcare company indicates that 98 per cent of its outpatient... Readmore

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
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