News from the Care Quality Commission: September 2018

care quality commission

The independent regulator of health and social care in England


Our monthly update for everyone interested in health and social care

Local system reviews programme extended

In July, our report 'Beyond barriers' looked at how services work together to support and care for people aged 65 and over. The report shared our findings from our programme of 20 local authority area reviews.

The Secretaries of State for Health and Social Care and for Housing, Communities and Local Government have asked us to extend the programme. They have asked us to review three new areas: Staffordshire, Leeds and Reading. And they have asked us to follow-up on progress made in Stoke-on-Trent, York and Oxfordshire.

Find out more about the extended programme of local system reviews

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Impact of CQC: King's Fund report

We welcome the findings of a report published by The King’s Fund and Alliance Manchester Business School.

The report researches the inspection approach we introduced in 2013. It looks at its effect between 2015 and 2018 across acute hospitals, mental health, general practice and social care in six areas of England.

Read our King's Fund news story

New learning resource on caring for people at risk of choking

Our 'learning from safety incidents' series describes a critical safety issue - what happened, what CQC and the provider have done about it, and the steps other providers can take to avoid it happening in their service.

The latest issue focuses on caring for people at risk of choking. It follows the story of a man who developed aspiration pneumonia after choking on porridge that was too thick for him.

Read the latest issue of 'learning from safety incidents'

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Sexual safety on mental health wards

In 2017, concerns were raised on an inspection of a mental health trust. We carried out a review of reports on patient safety incidents that staff had submitted through the NHS National Reporting and Learning System. We found that many reports described sexual safety incidents, including sexual assault and harassment.

Read our sexual safety report

Professional Care Workers Day

On 4 September, we showed our support for the very first Professional Care Workers Day. We know how important care workers are in making sure people, their families and carers, receive high quality, safe, effective and compassionate adult social care.

The day was organised by the National Association of Care and Support Workers (NACAS).

Find out more about our support for Professional Care Workers Day