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Housing – it's personal

Last week I was honoured to speak at the first open meeting of the National Housing Federation's Housing and Health group. In the clamour for joint working between health and social care we often forget the vital role of housing. It's one of the reasons I prefer a focus on person-centred...

Preparing for April

I celebrated my birthday at the weekend. As The Guardian's birthday page has been telling people for a few years, there's no point pretending – so before you ask, I was 51. March is a busy month for birthdays in my family – my Mum, my aunt, me, my brother (born on my third birthday) and...

What do Chief Inspectors get up to?

I haven't done a 'week in the life of' for a while, so in the interests of openness and transparency I thought last week might be a good one to run through. Monday As I've mentioned before, my week starts with our coordination meeting at 8.30am on Monday morning with my fellow...

Joining the dots

A night to remember On Friday evening I joined nearly a thousand people in the Grand Opera House, York, for A Night To Remember – and it truly was. A celebration of music and song to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and raise awareness of dementia. Organised by Big Ian (Ian Donaghy of...

Revalidation- what will it mean for us?

I’ve now been in post as the National Nursing Advisor for practice nursing for several months and it’s been an interesting and challenging time. It’s also a very interesting time for practice nursing generally and I think there is definitely wider recognition of this crucial role in the overall...

Focus on dentistry – one step closer to our new approach

During December and January we began testing our new inspection approach for dentists, and this week we publish the first reports from those inspections. You can find the press release on those publications here. As we outlined in our recent Dental Provider Handbook consultation, from April we are...

Dementia focus

Dementia has been dominating my thoughts lately – as I know it does for so many people using adult social care services or working in the sector. Usually this is our secret and not widely talked about. But I think that is slowly changing as the profile of dementia is becoming more prominent. The...

Good and Outstanding GP practice care continues to shine

As our inspection reports continue to roll-out, it’s great to see that the majority of practices inspected are still being rated as Good or Outstanding. One of the Outstanding examples from our recent inspections includes one I know very well, as I was part of the inspection team that visited this...

Social Care Oscars

It was the Oscars on Sunday- always a slightly surreal event for those of us on this side of the pond.  We go to bed just as the first frocks and tuxedo's step onto the red carpet, wake up when all the drama is done and dusted and then are treated to TV footage of parties and celebrity gossip...

The safety tipping point

Recent events suggest that the patient safety landscape is changing – but familiar problems persist. In my last blog I talked about the “quiet revolution in patient safety”. Two recent events have confirmed for me that we may be on the tipping point of big changes in some safety systems and...

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