On Thursday 30 October, Ridouts Solicitors will host a one day conference to help providers get to grips with the new the Care Quality Commission inspection regime

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Major changes are being introduced this autumn to the way in which the CQC regulates providers. In particular, new ratings will have a profound impact on the future viability of many providers.

In addition, from April 2015 fundamental standards will come into force, backed up by enhanced enforcement powers to tackle non-compliance. 

Providers need to be aware that under the new system “adequate” will no longer be acceptable. “Excellent” and “good” providers will stand out as the services of choice. The stakes are higher than they have ever been.      

This conference will not be a talking shop for the great and good. It will be focused on the realities of running services in a sector where the regulator can and does make mistakes. Providers will leave the conference with a practical and realistic appreciation of the new, tougher the CQC regime.  

The event is free with numbers limited to 120 delegates. The audience will comprise senior people in the hospital and care home sectors, both public and private.

To book a place please contact samantha@ridout-law.com   

Conference speakers

Neil Grant, partner, Ridouts LLP

Neil has over 20 years of experience of acting for regulators and providers. Neil will be looking at the CQC reforms and the steps that providers should be taking to adapt to the changes.

Caroline Barker, partner, Ridouts LLP

Caroline has considerable experience acting for providers in regulatory cases. Caroline will be drawing on her experience of advising providers on challenging Ofsted, whose regulatory regime is the basis for much of CQC’s new framework. 

Makbool Javaid, employment law partner, Simons Muirhead and Burton

Makbool will be speaking on the legal implications of the new fit and proper persons test and barring scheme in relation to directors of care providers.

Judy Downey, of the Relatives and Residents Association

Judy will be speaking on how the association can work with providers and families in delivering person centred care.

Jenny Wilde, solicitor, Ridouts LLP

Jenny will be speaking on joint working across CQC, safeguarding and commissioning.

Adam Straw, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Adam will be speaking on police powers of entry and seizure of records. 

There will also be the following panel of experts from the care profession to talk about the quality agenda:

Kevin Roberts, chief executive officer, Voyage Care

Laird Mackay, group operations director, Caring Homes

Amanda Scott, managing director, Sunrise Senior Living 

The conference will be chaired by Paul Ridout, senior partner, Ridouts LLP

This conference will lead to the publication of a report with practical recommendations on how providers should respond to the reforms.  

The conference will be held at 110 Rochester Row, London, SW1P 1JP (at the offices of the Health Finance Managers Association near Victoria station) on Thursday 30 October between 10am (registration 9-9.30am) and 4pm.

A buffet lunch will be provided.