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I have just returned from two week's annual leave in France which included a tough 7 days hiking in the Auvergne. Not a holiday‎ for the faint-hearted with sore limbs, tired body and aching feet at the end of every day. But, boy was it worth it! The dramatic, volcanic-shaped landscapes;...

Bereaved by suicide – can you help?

Today is the 10th anniversary of my brother Adrian's death from suicide. He was 35 and you can read about him in some of my previous blogs (Happy Birthday, Housing – it’s personal and Remembering Adrian). Being bereaved by suicide is not easy‎, as more people than you might imagine know. On...

Harold and Kate: an appreciation

The social care and health world lost two very special people in the last week. On Wednesday, Harold Bodmer, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and Director at Norfolk, died suddenly at a meeting in County Hall, Norwich. On Saturday, Dr Kate Granger died with her...

What does it mean for EU and me?

I have never witnessed political turmoil like the last few days in my lifetime – the momentous referendum decision to leave the European Union has thrown the leadership of our two main political parties into disarray with the Prime Minister resigning and the Leader of the Opposition under threat....

The art of being outstanding

Last week we launched our new strategy setting out CQC's ambitions for the next 5 years. For adult social care, the focus is very much on evolution not revolution as we improve and target our approach building on the strong foundations we have established since introducing our new methodology...

Ageing without children

Last week, at the launch of Our Voices published by Ageing Without Children and the Beth Johnson Foundation I came out when I said: “My name is Andrea, I’m 52, and I am ageing without children because I could not have them which is a source of profound regret for me." Coming out The language...

Football and the ladder of power

Over the last week, football has dominated the headlines and rightly so. First came the long-awaited inquest decision that the Liverpool fans at Hillsborough were‎ unlawfully killed in 1989 and the fans were not to blame. Then Leicester City Football Club against all the odds were crowned Premier...

Rock and a hard place

Last week's announcement of CQC's fees scheme for 2016-17 definitely deserves the description "between a rock and a hard place" for the providers affected and CQC itself. At a time when everyone is very aware of the financial pressures affecting the health and social care sector...

Spotlight on strategy

This weekend I went to see the movie Spotlight *, the story of The Boston Globe investigation into child abuse by priests and the decades-long cover up by the Catholic Church. It is a powerful story told in an understated way that makes it all the more compelling. The hard but important work of...

Better care

Throughout my career in health and social care I know that when things go wrong, the people affected usually want to know what happened and why; often they want someone or an organisation to take responsibility and be held to account; but overwhelmingly they say that they don't want someone...

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