Tag: Inspection & Regulations


Eldercare (Halifax) to sell its portfolio

Posted on October 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Eldercare (Halifax) to sell its portfolio

Care home operator Eldercare (Halifax) Ltd has gone into administration, and its eight care homes are up for sale.

Located across West Yorkshire and Lancashire,the care homes provide care to 215 residents. Joint administrators Toby Underwood and Lyn Vardy, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, said anyone interested in buying the care homes can contact the administrators.

The care homes will continue to operate, while buyers are sought. Administrator Lyn Vardy said the administrators would work closely with local authorities and the Care Quality Commission to ensure all services continued as normal and that quality of care and resident welfare was maintained.

“Our plan is to continue trading the homes while buyers are sought for the homes.

“The administrators are working with both on-site and head office staff to ensure care, facilities and services continue to be provided as normal and that there is minimal disruption for residents, … Read More »


Families angered by regulator’s refusal to review rating

Posted on September 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Families angered by regulator’s refusal to review rating

A group of residents’ families have come out in support of a Shropshire care operator after it lost its appeal to have its rating reviewed by

the industry regulator.

Family members of residents at the Uplands care home, in Shrewsbury, are backing its owner, Marches Care, after it appealed against the ‘good’ rating given by the Care Quality Commission.

Marches Care says the process by which the rating was given was flawed and “grossly unfair”, and it was on those grounds, rather than the rating itself, that the operator had appealed.

“We are outraged because we can’t see how it is possible to provide better care than that which our loved ones receive at the Uplands,” said Jill Wellings, whose husband Dick has been at the Uplands for five years.

“I worked for 37 years in general practice and investigated a lot of homes before … Read More »


Care providers face unlimited fines as CQC increases prosecutions

Posted on August 21st, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care providers face unlimited fines as CQC increases prosecutions

Caring Times, September 2017

The number of prosecutions made by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) against health providers has risen sharply this year following the enactment of the Health and Social Care Act in 2015.

Lauren Wilson, a lawyer with LHS Solicitors says care providers charged with breaches of regulations regarding harm now face unlimited fines and could be left with criminal records.

“Since the CQC was given powers of prosecution in 2015, we’ve seen a spike in cases brought against health providers,” said Ms Wilson.

“Indeed, we’ve gone from zero in 2015, to two in 2016, to three between January and April 2017. This seems to be a testament to the CQC’s new found dedication to holding health providers to account.”

In 2015 following a patient death, an investigation into the provision of medication was undertaken. While the cause of death was not directly … Read More »


State of Social Care Report: quality must drive reform, says CQC

Posted on July 6th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on State of Social Care Report: quality must drive reform, says CQC

Caring Times, September 2017

In its report, published in early July, on the state of adult social care services for 2014 to 2017, the Care Quality Commission said most adult social

services were of a high quality and many were improving, but added that without a proper recognition of the importance of adult social care and a renewed commitment to quality, the numbers of people affected by poor care could increase and this would have a profound impact on their lives.

Andrea Sutcliffe, the CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care said that last October, the regulator had given “a stark warning that adult social care was approaching a tipping point”.

“This was driven by more people with increasingly complex conditions needing care but in a challenging economic climate, facing greater difficulties in accessing the care they need,” said Ms Sutcliffe.

“While this report focuses … Read More »


CQC tasked with evaluating health and social care integration

Posted on July 5th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on CQC tasked with evaluating health and social care integration

Caring Times, September 2017

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked the Care Quality Commission to carry out 12 reviews of local areas to consider how well they are working at the health and social care boundary.

Addressing Parliament on July 3rd, Mr Hunt said the reviews would begin immediately, with most being completed by the end of November, with a view to identifying issues and driving rapid improvement. A further eight reviews will be commissioned based on a new performance dashboard and informed by local authority returns due in July.

Mr Hunt said the reviews formed part of the Government’s strategy to reduce delayed transfers of care (DToCs) and free-up hospital beds in advance of this coming winter.

“Last year there were 2.25m delayed discharges, up 24.5% from 1.81m in the previous year,” said the health secretary. “The Government are clear that no-one should stay … Read More »


Councils threatened with ‘non-incentives’ to move health integration forward

Posted on July 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Councils threatened with ‘non-incentives’ to move health integration forward

The Government has indicated that it will start to “increasingly scrutinise” local authority performance and look at putting in incentives – or non-incentives – to encourage them to “step up to the mark” when it comes to effective health and care integration.

The Public Sector Executive has reported that health minister Philip Dunne, speaking at a Health+Care conference on June 29th, told delegates that his department would continue to work “with both the NHS and local authorities increasingly in an integrated way to try to ensure that patients are treated in a setting which most meets their needs”.

Mr Dunne criticised what he termed the ‘blame game’ that often takes place at the interface between health and social care, which he said was exemplified by a recent NHS Providers report that was accused of misinterpreting how social care funding should be used: … Read More »


Care providers face unlimited fines as CQC increases prosecutions

Posted on June 30th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care providers face unlimited fines as CQC increases prosecutions

The number of prosecutions made by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) against health providers has risen sharply this year following the enactment of the Health and Social Care Act in 2015.

Lauren Wilson, a lawyer with LHS Solicitors says care providers charged with breaches of regulations regarding harm now face unlimited fines and could be left with criminal records.

“Since the CQC was given powers of prosecution in 2015, we’ve seen a spike in cases brought against health providers,” said Ms Wilson.

“Indeed, we’ve gone from zero in 2015, to two in 2016, to three between January and April 2017. This seems to be a testament to the CQC’s new found dedication to holding health providers to account.”

In 2015 following a patient death, an investigation into the provision of medication was undertaken. While the cause of death was not directly linked to not … Read More »


Partnership to offer inspections and quality assessment

Posted on May 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Partnership to offer inspections and quality assessment

LaingBuisson and BKR Care Consultancy have joined in partnership to provide CQC-type and Ofsted-type inspections across England, Wales and Scotland.

Inspections will be conducted by a highly experienced, 26-strong inspection team, the members of which have undertaken more than 300 inspections. They include former CQC inspectors, senior managers, former heads of safeguarding, mental health specialists, acute care specialists, former Ofsted inspectors and educational specialists.

LaingBuisson chief executive Henry Elphick said the partnership would work with providers, lenders and advisors providing impartial and robust mock inspections to support service improvement, commercial due diligence and risk management.

“LaingBuisson’s partnership with BKR represents an important development in our consultancy offering,” said Mr Elphick.

“Independent inspections provide our clients with a valuable way of managing risk and ensuring the integrity of their due diligence as advisors and gaining a whole-market perspective on how a facility is doing. BKR’s … Read More »


Care England questions LD registration criteria

Posted on April 4th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care England questions LD registration criteria

Caring Times, April 2017

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has responded to CQC’s latest consultation on its next phase of regulation – Annexe B on LD services – warning that services should be registered on the prospective outcomes that they will achieve for people not simply on their size. Other factors need to be taken into account to assess whether those outcomes will be of the quality necessary to support registration.

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, says: “Care England supports CQC’s drive to improve the way that care is given post Winterbourne. We are concerned that the real life application of the current guidance that states that CQC will only register units of 6 beds or fewer will not offer genuine choice. The ‘six bed rule’ seems to be the primary, … Read More »


Clawing the way out of special measures

Posted on March 30th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Clawing the way out of special measures

Caring Times, April 2017

In just two years a Sussex care home has been transformed from being rated inadequate, and in special measures, to a good service. Here, registered manager ALISON BARNES looks back at the way change has been embraced since she joined Temple Grove at Herons Ghyll in East Sussex.

 

What is the key to achieving a good rating for a care home? – understanding and embracing regulations. What is the most challenging element of improving an inadequate service? – embedding new practices throughout nursing and care. What is the most valuable resource beyond your team? – support from family and friends when, for example, you leave home at midnight to help on a night shift at short notice, or when you step in to help cover maternity leave.

This is what I have found in a two-year journey with my … Read More »



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