Inspection and Regulation

22.12.16

CQC and HMIP set out new approach to prison inspections

The CQC and HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to clarify how they will work together during inspections of prison healthcare.

The two organisations agreed to make maximum use of each other’s knowledge and be clear about the individual and joint priorities of each collaboration.

When either organisation makes an intervention in prison health services, it will co-ordinate with the other as far as possible, and they will pool information and risk assessments around services.

Both the BMA and Public Health England have warned that prisoners are suffering from second-rate healthcare.

However, the MoU cautioned that the organisations would need to keep their different systems of accountability separate, but would align them as closely as possible when scrutinising a provider, in order to avoid duplication of effort.

The organisations also agreed that each body would respect the other’s expertise. HMIP will take the lead in ensuring that offender services, including their health and social care aspects, meet expectations. The CQC will take the lead in ensuring that healthcare and social providers comply with registration and regulated activity regulations.

The MoU was signed by Peter Clarke, chief inspector of prisons, and David Behan, chief executive of the CQC.

Nigel Thompson, head of inspections (children’s health and justice) at the CQC, and Paul Tarbuck, head of healthcare inspection at HMI Prisons, will meet regularly to discuss the two organisations’ goals.

In addition, HMIP will provide CQC with its schedule of inspections six months in advance to allow time for CQC to allocate inspectors to these inspections, while CQC will share information about registration and regulation of providers with HMIP during inspections.

The news comes as the CQC opened a consultation on proposals to introduce more targeted and unannounced inspections of core NHS services.

(Image c. Anthony Devlin from PA Wire and PA Images)

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an NHE columnist? If so, click here 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest healthcare news

King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

23/06/2017King’s Fund launches programme to grow third sector leadership skills

The application process for a support programme to enable charity leaders to help one another through sharing expertise and developing skills has... more >
NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

23/06/2017NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

A new tranche of sites to redesign mental health services, with plans to cut out-of-area placements, has been revealed by NHS England. The 1... more >
Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

23/06/2017Mortimer welcomes PM’s promise to keep EU staff in UK after Brexit

Co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition and CEO of NHS Employers Danny Mortimer has today welcomed guarantees from the government that EU citizens... more >

editor's comment

13/06/2017Tackling the major challenges facing the NHS

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 >

last word

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing.... more > more last word articles >
681 149x260 NHE Subscribe button

the scalpel's daily blog

Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

14/06/2017Confed17 open its doors in Liverpool today

Confed 17, the major annual NHS Confederation conference, has kicked off today in ACC Liverpool, inviting in more than 1,000 health and care leaders to discuss and review the long-term demand patterns needed in the sector. Highlights of the two-day conference will be a keynote address from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

comment

A hub for healthy communities

23/06/2017A hub for healthy communities

Mark Robinson, New NHS Alliance pharmacy lead, discusses why pharmacy is at the heart of healthy living in communities – and explains how p... more >
Do something different

23/06/2017Do something different

Jill DeBene, chief executive of Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM), considers what workforce optimisation really means and the importance o... more >
The now and the future of infection prediction

23/06/2017The now and the future of infection prediction

Marco-Felipe King, an infection control postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering at the Universit... more >
Prime for transformation?

20/06/2017Prime for transformation?

The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overc... more >

interviews

Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

20/06/2017Working collectively to improve cancer outcomes for patients

Last year, the cancer vanguard established the Pharma Challenge. Rob Duncombe, pharmacy director at the Christie NHS FT, gives NHE an update on t... more >
A great place to work

16/06/2017A great place to work

The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbe... more >
A fork in the road for the NHS

06/06/2017A fork in the road for the NHS

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, talks to NHE’s Josh Mines ahead of Confed2017 about the organisation’s 10-p... more >
Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >

health service focus

View all News