Author fails to recognise the purpose of inspection

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

An Inspector Calls – A practical look at social care inspection by Graham Hopkins There are few books about the inspection of residential care homes which claim to be for everyone involved. Indeed the research carried out by author Graham Hopkins, former head of inspection of Barking and Dagenham, prompted more responses from providers than from inspectors themselves. The problem with basing a book on providers’ comments is that those people who are generally happy with their particular inspectors and inspection processes are less likely to respond than those who are not. The result is an unbalanced view and it would be a pity if readers were to assume that the picture is the same everywhere. It is unfortunate that this book fails to recognise the purpose of inspection, portraying it as, at best, an intrusion into the everyday management of a home, rather than as an opportunity for providers to review their own practices and to encourage raising of standards, besides being part of the regulatory framework w

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