Inspection and Regulation

Bradford trust must continue to improve, says CQC

18.06.18: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been told that it must make improvements following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection. Between 9 and 11 January 2018, the CQC inspected the urgent and emergency, medical, surgical...

Southern Health regulations lifted as trust improves since patient deaths

13.06.18: NHS Improvement (NHSI) has lifted some of the regulatory requirements placed on the once-struggling Southern Health NHS FT over two years ago after the provider demonstrated significant improvements in all areas. The troubled foundation tru...

Mental health trust rated best in south west London by the CQC

13.06.18: South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has been rated as the best provider in the south west of London, receiving a ‘good’ rating across all five domains assessed. Highly positive feedback from...

Major trust remains ‘inadequate’ one year after entering special measures

06.06.18: The Isle of Wight NHS Trust remains ‘inadequate’ a year after it was first put into special measures, the health watchdog has announced. The trust was given the rating by the CQC in April 2017 after its report found th...

Struggling Sussex trust taken out of special measures by CQC

06.06.18: A Sussex health trust which was heavily criticised in 2015 has been taken out of special measures after a positive report from the health authority. East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) was put into special measures by the CQC after conc...

Chief inspector ‘disappointed’ with progress of Worcestershire special measures trust

05.06.18: More needs to be done to pull Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust out of special measures, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said. The trust, which runs Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital & Treatment Centre and A...

NHS £1bn year-end deficit ‘not the consequence of a few bad months’

31.05.18: An “unprecedented” surge in demand during the worst winter in a decade has impacted on the performance of the NHS in key areas, according to new end-of-year financial and performance figures from NHS Improvement. January, February a...

Seven found guilty for defrauding NHS using ‘ghost shift’ payments

23.05.18: Seven people have been prosecuted for money laundering and conspiracy to defraud offences against the NHS, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) has revealed. Medical recruitment officer Charles Elad, 46 – who was working for ID Me...

Hospitals stalled by Carillion bust a result of 'recklessness, hubris, and greed', MPs say

16.05.18: Two major NHS hospitals halted halfway through building were a consequence of “rotten corporate culture” at the now-collapsed construction firm Carillion, a government-backed report has claimed. A scathing Commons inquiry into t...

Former NHS boss and chief nurse facing fraud charges

04.05.18: The former boss of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Phil Morley, is to appear in court charged with four counts of fraud. Morley was CEO at the trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill hospitals, from 2010. He resi...

Third of private hospitals failing on patient safety, says CQC

11.04.18: Almost a third of private hospitals in England are providing substandard care, according to a new report by the CQC. While the majority (70%) of the 206 independent acute hospitals in England are providing ‘good’ or ‘outst...

‘Burdensome’ NHS trust regulations not keeping pace with integrated care

09.04.18: NHS trusts have today warned that the way they are being regulated is not keeping pace with the move towards delivering more integrated care for patients. Only one in five trusts who responded to an NHS Providers survey are clear on how the...

Bodies agree ‘common vision’ of general practice quality for the first time

05.04.18: A national strategy which will form the basis of defining quality measures and best practice in general practice has been published. The Regulation of General Practice Programme Board (RGPPB), made up of 11 national organisations responsible fo...

Community care only sector affected by CQC fee rise this year

05.04.18: Community social care providers will see an increase in their payments to the CQC this year, the CQC has confirmed. The organisation’s regulatory functions are funded by provider fees and grant-in-aid from the Department of Health and Soc...

Struggling trust to be removed from special measures after more than a year

21.03.18: An Essex hospital trust is set to make its way out of special measures more than a year after inspectors hit it with an ‘inadequate’ rating. Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAH) saw its overall rating increase today, afte...

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Paul Chrisp, programme director of medicines and technologies at NICE, describes how the organisation is re-purposing drugs in order to improve p... more >
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Dr Terry John, chair of the BMA’s international committee, gives his thoughts on the government’s visa and immigration policy and its... more >


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The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
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