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A lot has happened in a year

It gives me great pleasure to introduce my first ever blog. My plan is that the writing of this blog will be shared with my Deputy Chief Inspectors in the Hospitals Directorate at CQC. So from time to time, you will hear from Ted Baker about hospitals, Paul Lelliott about mental health services and...

Working together to call time on poor care

Day in, day out dedicated staff provide safe, compassionate, high quality care for hundreds of thousands of people in their own homes or care homes. The work they do is immensely valuable and they definitely meet the Mum Test – providing care that you or I would be happy for anyone we love to...

Regulation for inspiration

Last week I was honoured to be included in the Health Service Journal list of inspirational women in healthcare. It was a bit of a surprise, not least given my social care brief. But perhaps it is a sign that some of the boundaries between health and social care are blurring? I hope so. HSJ...

A focus on quality

It’s been a great couple of weeks meeting with people around the country. In particular, a meeting with a Local Medical Committee (LMC) in Nottinghamshire and also a meeting with GP trainers in Oxford. Nigel Sparrow and I, accompanied by our local inspection manager, Michelle Hurst, met with...

Leaders and Le Grand Depart

Leaders and Le Grand Depart First, a brief reflection on Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. RT “ @YNWA815: @Crouchendtiger7 ARE YOU READY pic.twitter.com/q0dN2tCXc1 ” I can't wait!!! — Andrea Sutcliffe (@Crouchendtiger7) July 3, 2014 I love the Tour and have followed it on TV...

Care homes, thoughts on inspection and a visit from Julie Bailey

It’s been another busy period since my last blog with plenty happening in patient safety, both within CQC and across the sector as a whole. Making the UK health service the safest in the world Last month, the Secretary of State for Health announced a series of measures aimed at making the UK Health...

Coping or caring?

Last week I was invited to speak at the Health Care Plus exhibition at the Excel Centre – first to share our plans at CQC for the regulation and inspection of home care services and then to debate the acceptability or otherwise of 15-minute visits in home care. Are 15-minute home care visits ever...

Inspiring innovations and examples in healthcare

It has been a very hectic fortnight including travel to the United States and across England. Observing innovative healthcare in the States At the beginning of June, together with Maureen Baker, the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, I accompanied the Secretary of State, Jeremy...

National Care Home Open Day

It was the second National Care Home Open Day on Friday last week – in the words of Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, an opportunity for care homes to: “throw open their doors…welcome in the public and give them an opportunity to connect with residents and staff and see how...

Week in action

It is a week since the publication of the Serious Case Review into Orchid View and our own internal report about the role of the CQC in this tragedy. I wrote about my reaction in last week’s blog where I was clear about my own personal commitment and CQC’s organisational commitment to translate our...

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