FREE elearning module: Introduction to the CQC

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The course covers:

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CQC: Review of children’s transition to adult health services

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

From the pond into the sea: children’s transition to adult health services

This review found that young people with complex health needs do not always receive the necessary care and support when they move on to adult care services. The transition process can be a vulnerable time for young people and their families. During this period, they stop receiving health services that they may have had since a young age and move on to equivalent adult services which can be structured and funded differently. The review found that there are many committed professionals providing high-quality care but that system-wide change is needed in order to make the transition between services smoother for patients and families.


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“This report describes a health and social care system that
is not working, that is letting down many desperately ill
youngsters at a critical time in their lives. We have put the
interests of a system that is no longer fit for purpose above
the interests of the people it is supposed to serve.”

A guide to special measures

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

This guide, available for download and developed jointly by CQC, Monitor and NHS Trust Development Authority, describes how the special measures programme works for NHS trusts and foundation trusts. It explains: why trusts are placed in special measures; what will happen to trusts during special measures; the roles and responsibilities of key organisations involved; and when and how trusts will exit special measures.
View the Guide

Dementia Care Update published

Senior Man with CaneThe second Care Update is published this month on Dementia. 

This latest update reports that care for people with dementia is not meeting their needs as services are struggling to cope. The second Care Update report also highlights concerns around the quality of services for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities. The findings show people living in a care home and suffering from dementia are more likely to go to hospital with avoidable conditions such as urinary infections. Once there, they are more likely to stay longer, be readmitted or die than those without dementia

TARGET antibiotics toolkit

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

This toolkit aims to help clinicians and commissioners use antibiotics responsibly and meet CQC requirements. It has been developed by the RCGP and The Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care (ASPIC) collaboration of professional societies including GPs, pharmacists, microbiologists, clinicians, guidance developers and other stakeholders. It includes: the HPA antibiotic guidance template which can be modified locally; patient information leaflets; self assessment check list for GPs and commissioners; audit tools with indicators of responsible antimicrobial use; and links to online clinical modules and other useful resources.

CQC Review: Learning Disabilities

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Review of services for people with learning disabilities
The CQC has published a further 10 reports from a targeted programme of 150 unannounced inspections of hospitals and care homes that care for people with learning disabilities. The programme is looking at whether people experience safe and appropriate care, treatment and support and whether they are protected from abuse. A national report into the findings of the programme will be published later this year.

News from NHS Networks: 3 November

Care Quality Commission will be inspecting a further 50 NHS hospitals and 500 adult social care services as part of its work on dignity and nutrition.
The cold weather plan for England, which aims to protect people’s health throughout the cold winter months, was launched today – the official start of winter.
Carers UK has published a briefing outlining a joint call with over 50 other members of the Care & Support Alliance for action to reform social care
Four new case studies outline how some NHS trusts have trialled a variety of solutions to reduce spend on agency staff.
The Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research in partnership with Health and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has announced the creation of a new Clinical Practice Research Datalink service, which will be fully established by 1 April 2012
This report highlights the process of care of children less than 18 years of age, including neonates who died within 30 days of emergency or elective surgery on the same admission. A copy of the Executive Report is available in The Staff Library.
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS stop smoking services in England during the period 1 April 2011 to 30 June 2011.
A major push forward in the implementation of a screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), which will save the lives of thousands of older men, has been launched by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
A survey by the Medical Technology Group to explore the provision of and access to uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE) treatment for fibroids, found significant variation between PCTs and acute trusts in the numbers of women undergoing UFE, and a lack of patient involvment in commissioning fibroid treatments.
Many news sources have reported that a “major review” of the NHS breast screening programme is to take place. BBC News said “the evidence for breast cancer screening in the UK is being reviewed amid controversy about the measure’s effectiveness”.
GPs will be able to prescribe ticagrelor (Brilique), in combination with low-dose aspirin for up to 12 months, for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), following final guidance from NICE.

News from The King’s Fund: 26 October

Action on Elder Abuse

Regulatory activity in hospital settings: a critical analysis of the Care Quality Commission’s Dignity and Nutrition Inspection of 100 English hospitals
These inspections were held between March and June 2011. This report identifies a number of key themes which regularly emerged from poorer performing wards. It also identifies problems with the inspections process and makes several recommendations as to how the process could be improved in the future.