Care Quality Commission


CQC demands trust act as patients wait up to eight days for a bed

A mental health trust has closed its patient waiting area due to a threat from the Care Quality Commission, which its chief has said will mean people waiting longer in A&E.


Hospital gets draft ‘inadequate’ rating

One of three high security mental health hospitals in England has received an “inadequate” rating in a draft report from the Care Quality Commission, HSJ can reveal.

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‘Life is just too short,’ resigning trust CEO tells staff

South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust’s chief executive has announced her resignation in a blistering email to trust staff, saying the personal cost of being an NHS CEO is too high and “life is just too short”.

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Large provider of 999 support enters administration

One of England’s largest providers of 999 support to the NHS has gone into administration, affecting several NHS trusts, HSJ has learned.


Regulator bans trust from taking on new apprentices

An ambulance trust has been temporarily barred from training new apprentices after a critical report from the education regulator.

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ALB chair takes top role at Britain’s largest care home provider

Sir David Behan – the current chair of Health Education England – has been appointed as chairman of Britain’s largest care home provider, HC-One.

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CQC threatens enforcement action for ‘inadequate’ hospital

A private hospital for learning disability patients has been rated “inadequate” and placed into special measures, with the Care Quality Commission finding nine in 10 staff were “unqualified”.

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DHSC tenders for centralised purchasing service

NHS organisations will be given the chance to advertise and manage tenders on a new platform under government plans to create a centralised buying tool.

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‘Inadequate’ mental health hospital placed into special measures

A mental health hospital has been placed into special measures by the Care Quality Commission after inspectors found more than 500 instances of restraint and dozens of unexplained serious incidents.

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Revealed: The trusts which successfully challenged their CQC ratings

Three NHS providers successfully challenged the Care Quality Commission to improve their draft inspection rating last year.


Trust fined £80,000 after it ‘ignored clear evidence’ of threat to patients

A trust has been fined £80,000 following prosecution by the Care Quality Commission for failing to provide safe care.

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NHS told to follow government line on Brexit

NHS arm’s-length bodies, including NHS England, have been told to make sure all their communications are “aligned” to the government’s stance on Brexit.

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‘Breakdown of trust’ at provider blamed on ‘unhelpful views and behaviours’

Relations between an NHS trust board and its council of governors broke down amid a “them and us” environment, an independent review has found.


New CQC lead named

The Care Quality Commission has appointed a quality and safety leader from New Zealand to head up its inspection of mental health services.

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CQC criminal prosecutions jump by a third

The Care Quality Commission has increased the number of criminal prosecutions of health and social care providers by more than 32 per cent in a year.

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Scandal-hit trust to leave special measures

A trust, which was at the centre of a scandal around diverting ambulances, is to exit special measures after nearly three years.

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Boris-backed inpatients unit may face CQC challenge

A new inpatient unit for patients with learning disabilities, which received £33m in capital funding from the prime minister last week, might not meet national standards set by the Care Quality Commission.


CQC forecasts year-end deficit

The Care Quality Commission is forecasting to end the current financial year with a deficit of £1.7m.

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'Considerable risk’ over trust’s future warns NHSI

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust has agreed a revamped recovery plan with NHS Improvement amid concerns over its financial and waiting time performance.

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CQC triumphs in tribunal battle with private provider

 A tribunal has backed the Care Quality Commission for a second time over its refusal to register a new “campus style” learning disability care home.