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Nurses urged to give views on new-style CQC inspections

The Care Quality Commission is asking health professionals for views on the regulator’s plans for inspecting and rating care services.

Over the past year, CQC has been developing a new approach to the way it works. The main features of the new approach are larger, more specialist inspection teams led by chief inspectors, and greater involvement by members of the public with personal experience of services.

The regulator has now launched a consultation on what it describes as “detailed guidance” for how it will “regulate, inspect and rate” a range of health and social care services.

This includes acute hospitals, mental health services, community health services, GP practices, out-of-hours services, care homes, home care and hospices.

“It is important to us that we hear what people think of our plans”

David Behan

The consultation is seeking views on many areas of the process, including the questions inspectors should ask to determine if a service is “safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led”, the core services that they should always assess and the frequency of inspections.

The consultation runs until 4 June. The CQC plans to publish a final update of its inspection guidance in September, before formally introducing the changes from October. 

David Behan

David Behan

CQC chief executive David Behan said: “Over the past six months we set out proposals for different types of care services and we have been testing our new style inspections. 

“The changes we are making are vital to ensuring that we are able to make sure that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care and encourage care services to improve.”

He added: “It is important to us that we hear what people think of our plans.”

 

Readers' comments (5)

  • All that I would ask is that services are inspected as they are and that cqc know how to identify what they need to know rather than huge amounts of time being spent on passing inspections rather than ensuring good services that will pass inspection with no need of preparation and notice.

    It is surely wrong when more time and money is spent looking at how to pass rather than on actually doing the job.

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  • Re: 12-Apr-2014 7:47 am
    Yes I agree let them come un with out prep and notice this would avoid more expence with cosmetic enhancements which covers the excellence of good work we give to our patients and of the caring staff that provide it.

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  • Oh the trolley in the picture above needs a good scrub ??? I now it's iodine sol but it don't look very good

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  • disgusting showing a trolley like that in the photo. gives a very bad impression. could be iodine but equally as well body fluids. If I was the QC it would be an immediate fail as would be the person leaning against it.

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  • Apparently the inspections are very non systematic and variable-some focus on counting vaccines weekly (!) others ignore this and focus on purple topped bins and others advise purple topped bins are not necessary-where is the evidence base then??

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