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

Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust Rated Inadequate by Care Quality Commission

Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. The inadequate rating followed the first inspection of its facilities. Staffing levels, infrastructure, systems, culture and leadership were all considered cause for concern by the regulator. Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust operates services across four sites in Greater Manchester. Inadequate services were reported at both North Manchester General Hospital and Royal Oldham Hospital. Fairfield General Hospital... Readmore

Oxfordshire GP Practice Receives Highest Care Quality Commission Rating

Windrush Medical Practice in Witney has become only the third in Oxfordshire to be awarded the best possible rating from the Care Quality Commission. Inspectors from the commission visited the practice in May, and recently published a report in which they describe the quality of care provided by the institution as outstanding. The practice was awarded top marks for safe, effective and well-led services, with the practice also acquiring a good rating for both caring and responsive services. Particularly... Readmore

Too Many Mental Health Trusts Below Par is Care Quality Commission Verdict

The Care Quality Commission has concluded that too many mental health trusts across the country are rated as requiring improvement, and thus can be considered inadequate. But there will be controversy over the claims of the regulator, considering some health experts have suggested that assessment standards are too stringent. The Care Quality Commission is due to complete its inspection program for mental health trusts imminently, with around two-thirds of trusts having been rated as requiring improvement... Readmore

Tyneside GP Practices Placed into Special Measures

A GP practice in Tyneside has been placed into special measures after inspectors found that the quality of care provided by the institution was inadequate. The practice is responsible for running two separate surgeries; Garden Park, in Denbigh Avenue, Howdon, and White Swan Surgery, at the White Swan Centre, in Killingworth. Both of the surgeries, which are responsible for providing services to approximately 7,000 patients, were inspected by the Care Quality Commission back in April. The commission... Readmore

Bristol Children’s Hospital Providing Poor Care According to Review

A review has discovered that children receiving cardiac treatment at Bristol Children's Hospital were repeatedly given poor care. An independent report revealed nurses were regularly under pressure and there was poor communication with families. It follows the deaths of at least seven children, who were treated on Ward 32. However, the review said there was no evidence to suggest failings on the scale of a previous inquiry in 2001 into baby heart deaths in Bristol. The report made a series of recommendations... Readmore
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