Inspection and Regulation

Proposed CQC regulation reform plans ‘very disappointing’ for GPs

01.09.17: The CQC proposals to reform how primary care services are inspected are “very disappointing” and fail to address the growing regulatory and administrative burden on GP practices at a time of limited resources, the Royal College of GP...

Stevens hands Liverpool CCG legal direction to review staff pay

29.08.17: NHS Liverpool CCG has been ordered by NHS England to review its remuneration arrangements in order to consider whether any governing body members or officers need to have their salaries reduced, as well as to comply with conflicts of interest pr...

Portsmouth trust issued warning notice as CQC deems care ‘unsafe’

24.08.17: The CQC has today told Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust that it must urgently improve after inspectors found that care at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth was unsafe. It has now issued trust leads a Warning Notice, meaning the trust...

Three CCGs slapped with NHS England legal directions

18.08.17: Three CCGs have been slapped with NHS England legal directions requiring them to produce urgent improvement and financial plans, as well as hire turnaround directors and review their executive team and senior appointments. The commissioning...

London trust told to improve for third time in three years

17.08.17: A major London NHS trust has been told by inspectors that it needs to urgently improve after it received its third ‘Requires Improvement’ rating in three years. The CQC reviewed care at the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in Ma...

NHSI and CQC to inspect trusts on how resources are used from autumn

09.08.17: Non-specialist acute trusts will be inspected and rated on how well they use their resources from this autumn, it has been revealed. The regulator collected public views into delivering the changes earlier in the year and also tested the ch...

Struggling special measures trust still failing to improve care

08.08.17: A trust currently in special measures has been placed under even more pressure after CQC inspectors found that improvements to care had not been made since their last visit. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAH) was placed in speci...

Securing the health service with openness and transparency

08.08.17: Mike Lees, head of business security at Barnsley Hospital NHS FT, talks to NHE about the organisation’s innovative approach to securing the trust’s estate. From left to right: Lisa Corbridge, Trust LSMS; Mike Lees, head of busin...

Birmingham mental health trust rating slips after latest CQC inspection

01.08.17: A Midlands mental health trust has been told to improve by the CQC after inspectors reported that standards had slipped from ‘Good’ to ‘Requires Improvement’. In a review of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health...

CQC: Southern Health still failing to learn from serious incidents

28.07.17: Inspectors have warned the troubled Southern Health trust that although some progress is being made to improve care, urgent work is still needed to bring it up to standards. The CQC today published a report into care at the trust that found...

CQC registration cancelled in a third of GPs post-special measures

25.07.17: Nearly a third of GP practices to exit special measures last year were subsequently detached from the CQC, either by being deregistered by the inspectorate or cancelling by their own registration. In total, 155 GP practices entered CQC spec...

CQC chief: There’s a lot trusts can do to improve care without extra cash

25.07.17: Although more money would be welcome, the NHS can improve its care and standards by running more efficiently, the outgoing chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC has today said. Speaking too BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Professor S...

CQC: Timescales for publishing inspection reports remains challenging

18.07.17: The CQC missed a number of key targets for publishing reports following inspection of NHS services last year, the organisation’s annual reports and accounts for 2016-17 has revealed. In the document, it was revealed that for hospitals...

CQC told to inspect health and social care systems in 12 struggling areas

04.07.17: The CQC has been instructed to undertake a programme of local system reviews of health and social care in 12 failing local authority areas by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department of Health. Inspectors will...

NHSI ‘should be able to tell, not ask’ providers to comply

30.06.17: Going forward, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSI) will face a difficult conundrum: deciding whether they should be able to tell, rather simply ask, organisations to push forward with necessary changes, especially in situations where service...

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As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and trans... read more >

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