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Care Quality Commission

Mental health trust urged to improve in post-Francis inspection

The Care Quality Commission has issued a warning notice to Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust - the first mental health provider inspected under its new inspection regime.

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CQC to probe end of life care

The Care Quality Commission is to launch an investigation into inequalities in end of life care this summer.

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CQC to launch crisis care inspections in summer

Services for people in mental health crisis are to be put under the spotlight this summer with a round of targeted inspections by the Care Quality Commission, HSJ has learned.


Poor leadership to trigger special measures

Poor leadership will become one of the chief reasons for recommending that trusts are placed in “special measures”, the health and social care regulator has proposed.


Inpatient poll: Information provision still a problem

A large-scale survey of NHS patients has pinpointed several key areas for improvement in hospitals across England.

David Sissling

Outgoing NHS Wales chief defends record

The outgoing chief executive of NHS Wales has defended the service’s performance in the country under his watch as he prepares to return to a leadership position within the English health service.  

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TDA budget to grow by 66 per cent as costs of regulation mount

The NHS Trust Development Authority will see its budget grow by two thirds in 2014-15, in the latest indication of the price tag attached to the Department of Health’s new focus on regulation.

Alan Milburn

Milburn: 'Scrap TDA and make all providers foundation trusts'

The architect of the foundation trust model has called for the scrapping of the NHS Trust Development Authority and the imposition of an all-foundation trust sector.

CQC ratings explained

Data video: CQC ratings explained

How the quality ratings system works

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CQC set to run list of 'unfit' directors

A register of poorly performing NHS directors is to be set up and maintained by the Care Quality Commission to prevent “unfit” managers working and moving between health and care providers.

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CQC trialling appeals process for quality ratings

The Care Quality Commission is to begin trialling a new appeals process which will allow providers to challenge the regulator’s ratings in certain circumstances.

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CQC plans 50pc rise in DH funding for overhauled inspections

The Care Quality Commission is planning for a 50 per cent increase in the money it receives from the Department of Health to fund its overhauled inspection regime.

Steve Field

Field: Unannounced GP inspections will continue

The Care Quality Commission will continue to make unannounced inspections of GP practices after its new inspection regime comes into force, the chief inspector of general practice has told HSJ.

Steve Field

Revealed: the first areas to face new GP inspection regime

HSJ can reveal the first 12 clinical commissioning group areas that will be inspected under the Care Quality Commission’s new general practice inspection regime.

David Prior North Norfolk Trust chair CQC preferred candidate

CQC chair: 30 acutes could end up in special measures

By the time the Care Quality Commission finishes inspecting the acute sector under its new regime up to 30 hospital trusts could have been placed in “special measures”, the regulator’s chair suggested yesterday.

David Flory

Exclusive: Leaked emails reveal high level row over special measures move

The chair of a large teaching hospital has resigned in protest after claiming the NHS Trust Development Authority had pre-judged the results of a Care Quality Commission inspection, HSJ can reveal.

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CQC whistleblower claims 'constructive dismissal'

A claim of constructive dismissal brought by a former Care Quality Commission inspector who blew the whistle to the Francis inquiry will be heard next week.


First three trusts rated in new-style CQC regime

The Care Quality Commission has published its ratings of three hospital trusts, the first to receive judgements under its new inspection regime.

David Dalton

Duty of candour set to be extended to 100,000 incidents

NHS providers will be required to tell patients about all but the very least serious patient safety incidents under the new statutory duty of candour, if the recommendations of a government commissioned review are adopted into law.

Mike Richards

Richards: CQC must improve inspection consistency

The Care Quality Commission must do more to improve the consistency of its judgements, the chief inspector of hospitals has said. He spoke after it emerged a leading London teaching hospital successfully challenged the regulator’s plan to issue it a warning notice.

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Deprivation of liberty – guidelines from the Supreme Court

What constitutes a deprivation of liberty?

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The key factors to consider in DNAR decision making

There is a lack of awareness of end of life care

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CQC regulation is being transformed in 2014

Analysis of the five key changes in the new regime

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Achieve the gold standard in end of life care

Avoid unnecessary hospital admissions for older people

Dementia care

A different path for dementia care

With cases of dementia set to top 1m by 2021, leadership is needed

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