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Nursing homes advised to prepare thoroughly for inspections

Nursing homes have been advised to do dry-run inspections in order to prepare for the new star rating system being introduced later this year.

The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has recommended carrying out rigorous self-assessment prior to formal visits by the Commission for Social Care Inspection is vital.

RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said: ‘It is abundantly clear that, to support their claims for a good star rating, nursing homes need well documented evidence to show that they are performing well.’

He added: ‘Whether or not you think star ratings are a good idea is irrelevant. The fact is that a star rating system is being introduced. The debate about the basic principle is over.’

The RNHA has previously developed the Blue Cross Mark of Excellence scheme to enable care providers to match their performance against expected standards.

‘Whether nursing homes use our scheme or another that has been appropriately validated and is fit for purpose, it is really important that managers focus on this aspect of their business,’ Mr Ursell said.

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