Inspection and Regulation

Large London trust must improve after CQC finds ‘poor state of repair’ in rusty theatres

21.02.18: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has been told by the CQC that it must urgently address the “poor state of repair” of some of its theatres. Following its latest inspection in November and December 2017, the trust continues to b...

Stop intervening to speed up birth unless real risks involved, says WHO

16.02.18: Medical staff and midwives should not intervene to speed up a woman’s labour unless there are real risks of complications, says the World Health Organisation (WHO). New guidance from the WHO overturns decades of previou...

CQC finds improvements at troubled Somerset hospital

16.02.18: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found improvements at a troubled hospital in Weston-super-Mare following an inspection last year that rated it as Inadequate. A focused inspection by the CQC showed Weston General Hospital’s A&...

CQC begins search for ‘someone exceptional’ to replace Behan

14.02.18: The CQC has started its hunt for a new CEO this week to replace outgoing boss Sir David Behan, who is leaving his position after six years. The regulator says the successful choice will be someone who has a track record of driving change as...

The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

14.02.18: Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), explains more about the organisation’s independent approach to improving maternity safe...

Oxfordshire hospital staff struggling with heavy workloads due to recruitment issues

13.02.18: Oxfordshire’s health and social care system has widespread issues with recruitment and retention, the CQC’s local review has found. The report is one of 20 targeted reviews, examining how people move through the health and social ca...

NHSI places trust into financial special measures following ‘rapid deterioration’ of finances

12.02.18: NHS Improvement (NHSI) has decided to place Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust into financial special measures. The move comes less than a year after the trust was taken out of special measures, as three years ago t...

Mental health trust sees CQC rating slump after service deterioration

09.02.18: Bradford District NHS FT has seen its CQC rating slump from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’ after an inspection identified a deterioration in the quality of patient care on offer. In October and November 2017 inspectors...

‘Shining examples’: CQC praises Plymouth health and care integration

07.02.18: CQC inspectors have heaped praise on Plymouth’s health and social care system for its “clearly articulated, long-established vision of integration.” Specifically looking at the link between health facilities and care provi...

Standards slip at trust after acquisition of community health services

02.02.18: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust must make improvements in the quality of its services, the CQC has said today. This was the first inspection of the trust since it took over the provision of community health services, previously provid...

CQC: ‘Very positive results’ as maternity care continuing to improve

30.01.18: The number of women in England who were always treated with dignity during the maternity process hit 88% last year, says the CQC. The regulator surveyed more than 18,000 people across the country and found increasingly positive trends in th...

Warwickshire hospital trust not improved in four years after ‘hugely disappointing’ report

25.01.18: A hospital trust in Warwickshire has failed to improve on its CQC rating since 2014, after the latest report found problems with senior leadership and end of life care. George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust was hit with a ‘requires improvem...

Struggling MH trust shows CQC improvement with ‘flexible and highly personalised’ services

24.01.18: Sussex Partnership NHS FT has been given an improved score from the CQC more than a year after it was initially rated ‘requires improvement’. The trust, which deals with mental health services across Sussex, was complemented on...

‘More work is needed’ to continue improvement at Leicestershire trust

24.01.18: A focused CQC investigation into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) at a trust in Leicestershire has shown some improvement but not enough to upgrade its overall rating. Leicestershire Partnership NHS FT has been rated as &...

Former environment boss becomes CQC chief operating officer

17.01.18: Kirsty Shaw has been announced as the CQC’s new chief operating officer (COO), joining from the government’s environmental body Nature England. Shaw will leave her current role as director of transactional services at Nature Eng...

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Celebrating 75 years of healthcare

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Julian Amey, chief executive of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), outlines what the coming year holds for ... more >
The HSIB approach to maternity investigations

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Jane Rintoul, director of strategy and policy and programme director for maternity investigations at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (... more >
Data saves lives

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Kuldeep Sohal, programme manager at Connected Yorkshire, part of Connected Health Cities, discusses how data sharing across the north is improvin... more >
Our work can help ease A&E pressures

09/02/2018Our work can help ease A&E pressures

Last year, NICE guidelines recommended that the NHS should provide more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency ... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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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 >
Cutting through the fake news

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In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
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Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

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NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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