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The power of stories

Parables, fairytales, a book at bedtime – stories have been a part of our lives since time immemorial. Drawn from reality or imagination, we have turned them into thought-provoking novels, pure escapism and comic cartoons; gripping movies and tender TV dramas; beautiful ballet and dramatic operas;...

Celebrating outstanding care

One of the first promises I made when I took on the role of Chief Inspector of General Practice was that I would highlight and share the learning from the outstanding care I knew we would find once we started inspecting under our new approach. It’s so important that just as much as we all identify...

Debating the role of the media

“This house believes that only the media have the power to get action on bad practice in care of people with dementia” That was the topic of a lively debate on Monday evening at the UK Dementia Congress in Brighton. Lynne Phair, an independent consultant nurse proposed the motion. This may not come...

National Children and Adult Services Conference

Last week it was the annual National Children and Adult Services Conference, this time held in Manchester. This is the largest social care conference, focused mainly on the members of the organisers – the Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Children's Services and the ...

A great week meeting GPs and colleagues

Over the last ten days I've had the opportunity to enjoy meeting and listening to many of you that took part in the Best Practice Conference (in partnership with the National Association of Primary Care), the Dispensing Doctors' Association Annual Conference and at a local meeting of the...

A safer place to be for some… but still more work to do

We published the findings from our survey of health-based places of safety last week. Although much has been done over the past year, both nationally and locally, to develop mental health crisis care, we said that more action is needed to improve those places of safety – normally located in a...

Forward view

The Five Year Forward View published on 23 October makes a compelling case for the sustained future of the NHS. There's a lot of common sense set out in 39 fairly easy to read pages. My favourite passage is on page 28: "...in particular, the tendency over many decades for government...

Good or bad? It's never that simple

Debate about the quality of care in the NHS sometimes seems to be incredibly divided. Either it is all good or it is all bad. Such thinking may well lead individuals to contrast our State of Care report with other evidence, such as the much cited Commonwealth Fund report and contend that both...

A year in the life of a Chief Inspector...

In some ways it is really quite astonishing to think a whole year has passed since I took on the role of Chief Inspector of General Practice. However, when I think about all that myself and my team have achieved and faced in that time, it sometimes feels like it could be a lot longer! When I joined...

Focus on dementia

Cracks in the Pathway Hats off to the BBC for their focus on people living with dementia last week. It was perfect timing for CQC, as on Monday we published Cracks in the Pathway, our report looking at the experience of people living with dementia moving between care homes and hospitals. We...

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