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Care Quality Commission Announces New Chief Inspector

Ms Sutcliffe joins the CQC from the Social Care Institute for Excellence where she is currently the Chief Executive. Her new role will be to take the lead for CQCs inspection and regulation of social care across adult services. She will also be responsible for developing the new approach to the way CQC regulates social care in consultation with the users of these services.

Ms Sutcliffe will also oversee the development of a new rating system for social care providers, championing the interests of people using services and evaluating the quality of care being provided.

Ms Sutcliffe said “I am honoured and delighted to be appointed to this vital role. I am looking forward to working with everyone at CQC and across social care to help make a difference for people who are using services, their families and carers. Nothing is more important.”

CQC Chief Executive Mr David Behan said “Andrea is the ideal person to lead the work on ensuring social care provide people with safe, effective, compassionate high quality care.”


Care Quality Commission to Overhaul Inspection System

The first Chief Inspector of hospitals for the NHS Sir Mike Richards who works with the Care Quality Commission has announced a more in-depth system for inspecting NHS premises in light of the scandals at Mid Staffordshire Hospital and more recently the Furness General Hospital.

Under the new scheme Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection teams will be larger with between 20 to 30 people including doctors, nurses, heath care managers and patients. These teams will be trained and initially supervised by the CQC.

The inspection overall has been forced on the CQC because the much less demanding inspection programme it previously ran failed to uncover poor care at several hospital and NHS sites.

The scheme will be trialled before Christmas at 18 hospital trusts these include six where the CQC already have some concerns about care quality being delivered.

Sir Richards said “There is too much variation in the quality of care patients receive. Poor hospitals will need to up their game and learn from the best. I will not tolerate poor or mediocre care.”

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Recommendation for Healthcare Assistant Training

An independent report conducted by Journalist Camilla Cavendish has found that there is no minimum standard of training for healthcare assistants before they can work unsupervised.

Ms Cavendish found that HCAs were given no “compulsory or consistent” training, and said some were doing tasks usually performed by doctors or nurses, such as taking blood.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Cavendish suggested that HCAs should have to earn a “Certificate of Fundamental Care” that could link HCA training to nurse training, making it easier for staff to progress up the career ladder, should they wish to. Furthermore, she said that new recruits would need to obtain the certificate and existing HCAs would need to prove they had the equivalent training.

Ms Cavendish said details of the training had not been agreed, but it would include basics such as first aid, people handling training skills infection control and dementia awareness, and would take a “couple of weeks”.

Currently, there is no consistent qualification or training for HCAs, with employers deciding for themselves what training is needed.

Peter Carter, of the Royal College of Nursing welcomed the report but had some concerns that without mandatory checks, staff found unsuitable could move between employers unchecked. He said that “The priority must now be to underpin the recommendations made by Camilla Cavendish in the regulatory structure which governs care”

Christina McAnea, of Unison, said that in some hospitals HCA’s were treated as “cheap labour” before adding that “Common training standards across health and social care are long overdue and welcome.”

The government is expected to provide a formal response to the review in the autumn. It has already promised to establish “minimum training standards” for HCAs by spring 2014.

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Happy Birthday NHS

The NHS is celebrating its 65th birthday today. Originally launched on 5 July 1948 at the Park Hospital in Manchester it was the first time anywhere in the world that completely free healthcare was made available purely on the basis of citizenship and need, rather than the payment of fees or insurance premiums. Today it is almost impossible to imagine life before the NHS.

To celebrate we thought you might like to read an excellent poem that was written by poet Michael Rosen back in 2008 when the NHS celebrated its 60th birthday; find it by clicking on the link