Author Archives: Sam Pearce

February 2016 CQC NHS Trust Inspections Announced

The CQC has announced the acute, community and mental health providers they will be inspecting in February 2016. Acute Trusts South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Mental … Continue reading

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Lack of SME Funding Estimated to Have Cost UK £2.9bn

Funding Options, the alternative finance supermarket, has published research into the effect the slowdown in traditional bank lending to SMEs (loans and overdrafts) has had on business growth, and the UK’s wider economy, since 2011. The report estimates that over … Continue reading

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CQC Closes Liverpool GP Practice

A Liverpool GP practice has been closed by the CQC after being through the ‘special measures’ regime and not improving. The Dharmana’s Family and General Practice in Walton, Liverpool will have its registration removed are it failed to make the … Continue reading

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How to Attract Generation Z

Anyone born from the mid-1990s onwards is classed as belonging to Generation Z, and right now they are where it’s at.  Small businesses need their energy, outlook and ideas if they are to survive and thrive in the modern market … Continue reading

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Adult Book Sales Propped up by Children’s Books

Research company Nielsen held their 2nd Children’s Book Summit in New York last week. Leading lights from the children’s publishing world spent the day looking behind the sales statistics to gain a deeper understanding of today’s children’s book buyers. Titles … Continue reading

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Latest CQC Reports on the Quality of Care in Adult Social Care in the North Are Released – Over 35% Fell Below Good.

Since October 2014 the CQC has been using specialist teams to inspect and rate services in Adult Social Care.  Teams arrive unannounced and measure services using the ‘Mum Test’, assessing if they are safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led. 56 … Continue reading

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Are You Prioritising User Generated Content?

UGC is where it is at.  Customers trust other customers over marketing spiel, time after time.  Just look at the prominence of customer reviews on Amazon or the rise of online review sites like Trip Advisor and you can see … Continue reading

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Is Dictation Software Making Us More Friendly?

Transcription apps have become so reliable that more and more people have made the switch from typing into their PC or phone to speaking to it.   Systems aren’t perfect, devices make mistakes, but people find the time taken to correct … Continue reading

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NHS Will Crash Within 2 Years

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Minister of State, with responsibility for care services, in the last government, warns that without an immediate multibillion-pound cash injection, the NHS will reach breaking point. In an interview with the Observer, ahead of his speech … Continue reading

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A New Lighter Touch, Mature Model, Promised by CQC

Sarah Bicherstaffe, speaking at the Westminster Health Forum, told delegates of the need to move to a more mature, lighter touch, model of regulation, and made comparisons with Denmark’s regulatory system.  Sarah wants to move to a system in which … Continue reading

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