Category Archives: Healthcare

Will Huxter Addresses Inequalities in the Care of Transgender Patients

Will Huxter, the Chair of the NHS England Gender Identity Task and Finish Group has been speaking about the findings of his own review into the treatment of transgender patients in the NHS and the Women and Equalities Select Committee … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Patients miss 5% of their GP appointments

Patients fail to attend one in 20 appointments with GPs or other practice staff, research by one LMC shows. The Committe has warned that no-shows for GP appointments are increasing the pressure placed on the GP workforce; a workforce that … Continue reading

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CQC chief inspector says the Social Care System is failing workers

On Sunday 9th August 2015, Politics Home reported that Andrea Sutcliffe had issued a stark warning over social care services, which she said were under “stress and strain” due to government cuts and a lack of political leadership over the issue … Continue reading

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CQC publishes its annual report

In the CQC’s Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15, published on the 21st July 2015, the regulatory body reflects on how they have progressed from designing, testing and evaluating their new, rigorous and expert-led way of monitoring, inspecting and regulating health … Continue reading

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CQC publish examples of Outstanding GP services

In July 2015 the CQC published a collection of examples of outstanding practice that their inspectors found in GP surgeries across England. The CQC have been inspecting general practices under their new inspection model since October 2014, and have now … Continue reading

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CQC’s response to the Secretary of State’s Speech

In response to the King’s Fund speech by the Secretary of State on 16th July 2015, CQC’s Chief Executive David Behan said: “We welcome this vision for a democratic and innovative NHS which empowers patients and staff alike. As the … Continue reading

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