All sorts of action and activity
I’ll begin with an important report from The Relatives and Residents Association (R&RA): ‘Inspection in Action: making inspection work’. (£8 – £6 to R&RA members – www.relres.org) Based on a carefully researched study of inspection reports of 100 randomly selected one-star (‘adequate’) homes, the R&RA question the reliability – and points to the inconsistency – of inspection judgements.
The report also questions the effectiveness of inspection when the CSCI revealed so many persistent and serious faults, and yet failed to re-inspect many of the homes within 12 months and repeated requirements that were made in several earlier inspections. The R&RA has raised questions about the whole basis of inspection practice and these questions need answers and action from the CQC.
Of the many fine social care books published by Jessica Kingsley (www.jkp.com) over the last few months, I have made the following selection for Caring Times readers: