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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...

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...

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...

Cameras in care

Cameras in care – a topic guaranteed to set pulses racing and temperatures rising as diverse opinions are debated. From a tentative toe in the water over a year ago, CQC has navigated a controversial path to finally issue information for providers in December and last week for the public. In a...

Celebrations, contrasts and consistency

Celebrations Most people I know love a celebration – birthdays, Christmas, weddings, the list goes on. I think there’s a human need to forget about the day-to-day drudgery, the heartaches and upset and focus instead on having fun, giving thanks and honouring others. Some rail against the...

Sharing and learning from outstanding care must be a top priority

As the New Year has begun, we are falling into a more regular routine with the publication of our GP practice inspection findings, and you may have noticed these are now published on a fortnightly basis. By publishing our findings in this way we are able to highlight the full breadth of care that...

Moving home

Closing much needed services is always a tough decision but even more so when that service is someone's home. Personally, I don't like moving- my childhood was spent in the same house from the age of 2 to 18 and I moved into my current home over 21 years ago. It would take a lot for me to...

Drinking matters

It didn't take long for the news of our first outstanding services in adult social to be overtaken by more bad news about care homes. A study by two doctors from The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust explored the levels of dehydration of patients admitted to hospital from care homes compared to...

Outstanding!

In the bleak midwinter Over Christmas and New Year and in the first week of January, our inspectors across the country found and reported on services failing the people they are meant to support. Sometimes this was as a result of routine, unannounced inspections and sometimes the result of...

Welcome to 2015!

I hope you had some fun over the festive season and if you were working, thank you. Thoughts and reflections As we pack away the Christmas tree our thoughts turn to what the New Year will bring. As ever, January heralds a surfeit of reflection, wishes and resolutions along with the fireworks. Here...

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