RNHA warns of significance of ‘clinical triggers’
The use of “clinical triggers” by Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) inspectors appraising the performance of nursing homes throughout England has been described as a “double-edged” sword by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA).
The association’s chief executive Frank Ursell, who has been touring the country to speak to nursing home owners and managers about the major opportunities and challenges they are facing, said the clinical triggers had been introduced by CSCI primarily to help its non-clinically qualified inspectors in their work.
“This contrasts sharply with the fact that all inspectors used once upon a time to be trained nurses with direct personal experience of the type of services they were evaluating,” said Mr Ursell.
“While it is perhaps unfortunate that this reservoir of knowledge and understanding of what happens at the coal face can no longer be automatically assumed when an inspector calls at a nursing home, the