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Reflections on the last few months

Well, it’s been a long time since I wrote a CQC blog. There are a few reasons- being busy, taking some holiday- but, if I'm honest, mostly because I've been pretty preoccupied thinking about the publication of the Morecambe Bay Investigation. For those that don’t know, this is the...

Dementia and Dying

Awareness weeks are like buses- you wait a while and then three come along at once! Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and this week we have Dementia Awareness Week and Dying Matters Awareness Week. All really important topics for those of us interested in adult social care and the...

Mental health awareness

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (#MHAW15). I know that some find the parade of special days, weeks and months a bit tiresome and wonder how much impact they have. I am firmly in the camp, though, that welcomes the opportunity to focus on a specific topic, raise the profile and share...

Social care vote

So after all the discussion and mayhem, we're finally here – the week of Election Day. I blogged recently about the importance of people using and working in social care services making sure they were registered to vote. What a fantastic response there was. One of the great things about social...

Inspection matters

Inspection as a way to support improvement in health and social care has been taking a bit of a battering. John Burton writing in the Guardian Social Care Network claimed “After 50 years in the sector, I know the CQC rarely improves social care.” It was also reported that the Danish government were...

It’s great to see good care coming through our dentistry inspections

Since we began developing and testing our new way of inspecting dentists earlier this year, and following our launch of the new approach from 1 April, I’ve been eagerly awaiting to see what our inspectors would find when they began to visit dental practices using our new approach. Following a...

Friends, humanity and co-production

Friends, humanity and co-production. My three key themes from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) spring seminar. Perhaps surprising given that the focus was on austerity and the social care response. But amongst the facts and figures of rising demand, decreasing resources...

Election time

The election campaign is well underway with only 24 days left until 7 May. As you would expect there has been a lot of discussion about the NHS. Social care has been a feature but not quite so prominently. I've heard various politicians say before that social care doesn't feature as much...

Hiking and Market Oversight

The four day weekend was a perfect opportunity for me to escape London for the Lake District. Blessed with fine weather (once the fog lifted) we took to the hills hiking up Cat Bells on Saturday and then round Buttermere and over the Haystacks on Sunday. With some lovely meals, a great performance...

A year on, but how far have we come?

I am just completing a year at CQC, a time to pause briefly and reflect. Coming here was a big change for me. Up to then I had spent my career in the frontline of the NHS, working as a clinician, a clinical academic and a medical manager. In those roles, I always sought out opportunities to improve...

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