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Care Quality Commission

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CQC falls well short of targets after safeguarding errors

The Care Quality Commission has been strongly criticised by its own board after admitting to making thousands of errors in its handling of safeguarding worries.

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One in 10 GP practices pose greatest perceived risk

One in 10 GP practices have been assigned the highest category of risk in an ‘intelligent monitoring’ system devised by the Care Quality Commission.

Steve Field

CQC reveals first general practice ratings

The first two GP practices to be rated under the Care Quality Commission’s inspection regime have been assessed as ‘outstanding’.

Jeremy Hunt

Hunt sets out proposals for £10bn savings

The health secretary has pinpointed the areas where the NHS could save £10bn to help close a looming financial gap in the health service

Steve Field

Smaller GP practices fared worse under inspections, CQC finds

Smaller GP practices have fared worse under the Care Quality Commission’s inspections so far because of the “splendid isolation” in which some are operating, Professor Steve Field has said

Tim Kelsey

National tech blueprint sets greater role for regulators

Wide ranging proposals aimed at making the NHS fully digital by 2020, including new regulatory powers and allowing patients to write in their care records from 2018, have been revealed


Kelsey: Digital ambition will need carrots as well as sticks

NHS England’s information director has acknowledged trusts will need ‘incentives’ as well as ‘consequences’ to encourage them to hit new national standards for information technology

Royal London Hospital

Renewed calls for CCGs to join hospital inspections

A clinical commissioning group leader has renewed calls for CCGs to be given a role in hospital inspections after it emerged an NHS England official had led one in London


High profile trust chief calls for funding overhaul

The head of a respected foundation trust has called for a major overhaul of financial rules to help popular hospitals cope with the extra demand their reputations attract.

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Chains test proved 'impossible', Birmingham chief admits

The chief executive of University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust has admitted its first attempt to “test the concept of the chains model” with a trust from a distance has not worked.

David Behan

CQC will 'learn by doing' fit and proper person checks

The watchdog will have to adopt a ‘learn by doing’ approach when enforcing the fit and proper test of healthcare leaders, its chief executive has admitted

David Behan

CQC: System needs to improve 'patchy' response to poor care

Commissioners and regulators need to improve their ‘patchy’ record of supporting struggling providers, the Care Quality Commission has said.

Sir Mike Richards

Trusts must release 'best clinical experts' for CQC inspections

The chief inspector of hospitals has urged trusts to encourage their top clinicians to lead CQC inspections

CQC raises dementia care concerns

Dementia sufferers are likely to experience poor care as they move between residential homes and hospitals because of an “unacceptable gap” in quality, a new report says.

Manjit Obhrai

Special measures can have 'detrimental effect', trust chief warns

The special measures regime for struggling hospitals has the potential to demoralise staff and hamper efforts to fill much needed vacancies, according to a high profile troubleshooter tasked with putting one trust back on track.

Steve Field

CQC to inspect whole health systems

The Care Quality Commission will begin inspecting health systems across whole geographical areas from next year, its chief inspector of general practice has said.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Exclusive: Hinchingbrooke threatened with enforcement action by CQC

The Care Quality Commission warned Britain’s only privately run NHS hospital that it could take enforcement action after its inspectors raised serious concerns about care quality, management and culture.

Medway Maritime hospital

Seven in 10 trusts 'require improvement' or are 'inadequate', says CQC

Seven out of 10 NHS trusts rated by the Care Quality Commission under its new inspections regime were found to be inadequate or requiring improvement, an HSJ analysis of published ratings reveals.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Exclusive: CQC flags serious concerns about privately run Hinchingbrooke Hospital

The Care Quality Commission has raised serious concerns about care quality, management and culture at the UK’s only privately run NHS hospital, HSJ can reveal.

David Behan

DH weighs into baby death probe

The Department of Health has begun brokering talks between NHS England and the Care Quality Commission in a bid to close the “gap” in the care complaints regime revealed by an HSJ investigation.

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The care that still casts a shadow on patient experience

Getting the measure of mental healthcare

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How the CQC’s new hospital inspections measure up

What’s changed, what works and what doesn’t

Take the luck out of the system

No more leaving it to chance: how to take charge of improvement

Tips for improving health and social care

Nursing home

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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