Inspection and Regulation

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...

CQC praises ‘high-quality, person-centred care’ in latest system-wide review

15.03.18: Health and care services in Coventry have been praised by the CQC after the inspectorate completed the next in a series of system-wide integrated care reviews across the country. Inspectors singled out Coventry City Council and NHS Coventry...

CQC looks to hire 100 more inspectors after £10m underspend

14.03.18: The CQC is planning to hire an additional 100 inspectors to decrease the current workload on its staff, specifically for those investigating the adult social care sector. A recent staff survey pointed to workload pressures as one of the key...

Newcastle trust appoints new CEO to replace disgraced boss

07.03.18: Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT (NUT) has chosen the successor to CEO Sir Leonard Fenwick today, after he was sacked in August last year for “gross misconduct.” Dame Jackie Daniel is set to take over the role, moving f...

Sellu case shows failures of manslaughter and gross negligence laws, says RCS

07.03.18: The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has applauded a tribunal decision to clear surgeon David Sellu of misconduct for the controversial death of a patient in 2010. Sellu was imprisoned for 15 months for the death of James Hughes in 2010, but...

Merseyside trust boss steps down over ‘close personal relationship’ with senior exec

06.03.18: The chief executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS FT has resigned today ahead of an investigation into a “close personal relationship” between himself and another senior executive. Andrew Cannell had been suspended by t...

Bristol trust told to take action to improve service as patients left waiting for beds

06.03.18: Southmead Hospital must make further improvements to its services, the CQC has determined. The decision comes following an unannounced inspection in November 2017, which looked at the quality of five core services: urgent and emergency care, me...

CQC completes investigation after series of never events at Devon trust

05.03.18: The CQC has completed a review into never events at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS FT following a series of seven such incidents over the course of two years. Investigators found a “culture of openness and honesty” at the trust...

New chair appointed as Wirral trust review unearths ‘poor governance and culture’

05.03.18: The full review into events at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS FT has found a record of “poor governance and culture” which created a breakdown in relations between senior leaders. NHS Improvement (NHSI) released the re...

Struggling Tyneside trust shows improvements following new partnership

02.03.18: The CQC has highlighted improvements at the troubled South Tyneside NHS FT today, following its partnership with a neighbouring trust. While services remain rated as ‘requires improvement’, the regulator said it had found that t...

Under-fire trust chair resigns amid ‘serious leadership, governance and cultural problems’

28.02.18: The chair of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS FT announced that he would be stepping down this week following heavy criticism from NHS Improvement (NHSI). Michael Carr’s position has been under threat for some time now, with NH...

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