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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...

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...

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