Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Home for vulnerable people ‘inadequate’ in all areas

Home for vulnerable people 'inadequate' in all areas. Getty Images A care home providing accommodation to people with special needs has had its service downgraded from "good" to "inadequate" in all areas. Otterhayes in Devon has been put into special measures after the Care and Quality Commission (CQC) found it failed to ensure patients' safety. One epileptic patient was told to ring staff if needed, something "clearly" impossible during a seizure, the CQC said. The care home in Ottery St Mary was, at the [...]

Cancer diagnosis leads to social-networking app to boost mental health

Cancer diagnosis leads to social-networking app to boost mental health. When Fabian Bolin was diagnosed with cancer his world fell apart around him – but from personal adversity grew an idea for an online platform where cancer patients could share their journey, support each other and, eventually, help inform clinical studies. Four years after his diagnosis, the War on Cancer app was launched, providing a social networking-style platform for cancer patients, survivors and loved ones. It provides a much-needed space to discuss [...]

Suspected coronavirus case at NNUH turns out negative

Suspected coronavirus case at NNUH turns out negative. A patient was tested for suspected coronavirus at a Norfolk hospital last week. The results came back negative, chief executive of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Sam Higginson said. In a report to the hospital's board, he wrote: "We have been following the national guidance relating to coronavirus emanating from China. "We have treated one patient who demonstrated signs/symptoms that might have been relevant in the context of travel abroad, and who was tested [...]

West Suffolk Hospital staff ‘feared raising concerns’, says CQC

West Suffolk Hospital staff 'feared raising concerns', says CQC. WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL - West Suffolk Hospital has gone from being rated as outstanding to requiring improvement in two years Staff at a hospital accused of conducting a "witch hunt" to identify a whistleblower felt a lack of "freedom to speak up", a report has said. The husband of Susan Warby, who died at West Suffolk Hospital in 2018, received an anonymous letter about her care. Bosses reportedly asked doctors for fingerprints and handwriting [...]

New mothers ‘Not told how to find mental health support after giving birth’

One in five new mothers ‘Not told how to find mental health support after giving birth’. 'It is disappointing that postnatally experiences continue to fall short, particularly in regard to women's mental health needs,' says CQC representative A fifth of new mothers were not told how to seek out mental health support after giving birth, a new survey has found. More than 17,000 women were questioned about the state of maternity services in the NHS for a poll conducted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The survey, which has been carried out [...]