NCSC inspection process is flawed, says DLA survey

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

New research indicates that the inspection process for care homes, introduced in April 2002 to improve care home standards by the National Care Standards Commission NCSC), is failing fundamentally, and that a modified system is needed. This is according to a survey conducted of more than 400 care homes in the UK by health and social care specialists at international law firm, DLA. The report said that, following an inspection, 58 per cent of care home providers were waiting at least two months for a draft report to be delivered, and 38 per cent had waited more than two months. “Alarmingly this is also the case for care homes where inspectors have discovered serious matters needing urgent attention,” the report said. “These areas of concern are often not identified to the care home until the draft report is delivered many weeks, even months, after the inspection took place.” Keith M Lewin, specialist health and social care lawyer at DLA said that, while it was not possible to name care homes under investigatio

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