Care Quality Commission

Lou Patten

Senior ICS leader to step down and ‘swim Alcatraz’

A senior leader within the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West integrated care system has announced she will step down from her roles next year.

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Trust rated ‘good’ two years after merger

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust has achieved a “good” rating overall following its first Care Quality Commission inspection as a single organisation - down from the “outstanding” held by one of its predecessor trusts.

Medway hospital 2

Trust and NHSI investigating weekend death rates gap

An acute trust is investigating a “significant” gap between mortality rates for patients admitted at weekends and those admitted during the week – which it says could be partly due to lack of “wrap around” services in the community on Saturdays and Sundays.

hsj awards 2019 logo for index pic

HSJ’s acute trust of the year succeeds due to stellar staff satisfaction

The winner of the acute trust of the year category at this year’s HSJ Awards has the most satisfied staff in the country.

British houses of parliament

CQC needs ‘urgent reform’ to protect patients from abuse

The Care Quality Commission’s ability to protect patients against human rights abuses is “impaired” and needs urgent reform, according to a Parliamentary report.

magnifying glass

Trusts face mandatory estates safety checks

Trusts will be forced to demonstrate the safety and efficiency of their estates and facilities services under new plans drawn up by NHS England and Improvement.

infection control washing cleaning mop floor

Private hospital used for overflow beds rated “inadequate”

A private mental health hospital, used by NHS trusts when there are no available beds, has been rated “inadequate” and put into special measures by the Care Quality Commission.

Sussex fields

Hospital trust rated ‘outstanding’ across the board

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust has become the first non-specialist trust to be rated “outstanding” in all five Care Quality Commission domains.

Ian Trenholm Colour photo

Staff support for CQC leadership dwindling

Support for the Care Quality Commission’s senior leadership has fallen by 9 percentage points in a year, according to a new snapshot survey.

Marianne Griffiths

‘Outstanding’ trust to form group with neighbour

One of the first acute trusts to be judged as “outstanding” is to form a permanent group structure with a neighbouring trust after two and a half years of sharing a senior leadership team.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

CQC drops prosecution of trust due to lack of evidence

The Care Quality Commission has dropped a prosecution against United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust for duty of candour breaches due to a lack of evidence.

Paramedics wheeling patient in hospital-532049118

Regulator warns of ‘extraordinary’ winter for A&Es

A failure to provide the right models of care is forcing thousands more people to attend emergency departments each day, the Care Quality Commission has said, while warning of a “perfect storm” for the health service this winter.


'Governance' warning for long-stay care providers

Regulators have highlighted poor oversight of staffing in some independent sector mental health and learning disability hospitals, after HSJ analysis found these services had seen more interventions over “safe care” than NHS units.

Simon Stevens (4)

Stevens: New NHS beds should squeeze ‘inappropriate’ private care

Simon Stevens has indicated that a “sometimes-inappropriate” level of private provision in mental health inpatient services should be squeezed “as NHS mental health services expand”.


Hospital fined for 13 breaches of duty of candour rules

A hospital trust has been fined a total of £16,250 for 13 separate breaches of the NHS statutory duty of candour, the Care Quality Commission has said.

Jeremy Hunt 2014

Jeremy Hunt launches charity to monitor patient safety

Jeremy Hunt has set up a patient safety charity which will establish data he can use to report on levels of avoidable harm in healthcare, HSJ can reveal.

Patient transport

NHSE reviewing patient transport contracting after string of failures

NHS England has ordered a review into the cost of patient transport services and the way they are commissioned, following a string of market failures.

Royal shrewsbury hospital

Hancock gives controversial reconfiguration the green light

Matt Hancock has given a controversial A&E reconfiguration the green light following almost a decade of delays.

empty board room meeting

New rule to stop NHS directors ‘revolving door’

New rules will mandate trusts to supply references when NHS directors are given a new job, in a bid to stop the so-called “revolving door” for those who have failed, HSJ has learned.


Teaching trust flagged as cancer outlier two years in a row

A teaching hospital has redesigned part of its cancer service after being flagged as an outlier in two national clinical audits.