The Care Quality Commission has warned trusts not to try and “play the system” to improve their inspection ratings at the expense of dealing with concerns, following an email from a chief nurse.
The nursing regulator has been criticised by a High Court judge for making “minimal effort” to establish the fitness to practise of a nurse accused of injuring – or allowing harm to come to – her own baby.
Sir David Behan has announced his intention to step down as chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, the regulator responsible for inspecting and regulating health and social care services.
The Care Quality Commission has taken the decision to pause some routine inspections of NHS acute services, GP practices and urgent care services planned for January.
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has made enough progress for it to removed from special measures, but accident and emergency nurse staffing levels and infection prevention are among the concerns that still need addressing, hospital inspectors have said.
Advanced critical care practitioners (ACCPs) and other similar roles increasingly used to assist doctors should be regulated to “mitigate the risk of harm to patients”, according to England’s national workforce planning body, in contrast to the government’s current view on some such posts.
Independent health visitors and vaccination clinics are among a range of new service providers set to be given performance ratings by the Care Quality Commission.
Maternity Services at Newham University Hospital have improved but still “require improvement”, according to the latest assessment by the Care Quality Commission.
The High Court has today upheld the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s position in a long-running dispute over indemnity arrangements for independent midwives.
The introduction of a new language test by the UK nursing regulator last month has been followed by a “spike” in the number of nurses from abroad wanting to take the new exam, suggesting overseas recruitment could be set to improve.