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Canada, caring and catch-up

Back from my holidays and the first thing I want to do is thank my senior team for the impressive job they did while I was away. I'm glad Sally and Adrian and Malcolm and Debbie were able to introduce themselves in their takeover blogs in the last two weeks – they are a great team. It is so...

Visiting GP surgeries in East England

I spent last week in the East of England inspecting GP surgeries as part of our CQC inspection programme. It was great being a specialist advisor and working with really good inspectors. On one of our visits a representative of the Local Medical Committee (LMC) joined us. They were really helpful...

Deputy Chief Inspectors take over – part 2

Hot on the heels of last week's blog from Adrian Hughes (DCI of Adult Social Care in the South Region) and Sally Warren (DCI of Adult Social Care in the London Region), this week's spotlight is shining on our two remaining Deputy Chief Inspectors, Malcolm Bower-Brown (Central) and Debbie...

It's business as usual during the summer

August should be a month when activity is a little less hectic and we have time to reflect on what we have achieved. Despite the hiatus in planned inspections, the month has felt as busy to me as ever.  We have been following up on inspections from the last quarter, dealing with the usual day-to...

Reflections from the last seven days

I found writing this week’s blog very difficult, because I found the murder of James Foley incredibly distressing. It has had a major effect on me more than anything else that has been in the news in recent times. I just wondered how I could put into words how I felt, I decided that I couldn’t...

Deputy Chief Inspectors take over

Andrea is away this week and next enjoying all the sights, sounds and bears (but hopefully from a safe distance) that the Canadian Rockies have to offer. So taking her place on the Adult Social Care blog over the next two weeks, you'll hear from the directorate's four Deputy Chief...

Special measures for GP practices

This week we announced our new system of ‘special measures’ for GP practices which we plan to introduce in October this year, as part of our plans to inspect and rate all GP surgeries. This brings us line with the other special measures programmes across adult social care and hospitals. Not...

Good mood

This is my last blog before I go on annual leave. On Thursday I fly to the Canadian Rockies for a spot of hiking, fresh air, great scenery, maybe a bit of white water rafting and some good food and wine. It's a while since I took a two-week holiday and I am looking forward to a complete break....

Quiet summer? No way!

So, the schools have broken up for the holiday, Parliament is in recess and we have sunshine and showers. It's summer! Halcyon days I remember a time when the end of July and August provided welcome respite from the hurly-burly of everyday busy-ness- an opportunity to tidy cupboards, clean up...

Oh to be in England...

I recently got back from a week's family holiday in Derbyshire and I'm feeling refreshed and full of energy. It was incredibly hot and the scenery was wonderful. It made me wonder why people travel abroad when England is so beautiful, the people so friendly, the ice cream so tasty and you...

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