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Care Quality Commission New Five Year Strategy

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11 Mar 2016

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has responded to the Care Quality Commission’s [CQC] consultation on its’ new five year strategy.

Whilst agreeing with the CQC’s ambition to become a more efficient and effective regulator that is relevant and sustainable, RCSEd made a series of additional points that could result in a more robust strategy. These points included;

  • The need for an increased focus on assessing the integration of care and the effectiveness of co-ordination, as opposed to individual providers. RCSEd believe that it is important that patients have confidence that there will be seamless transition between hospitals and social care.
  • Efforts to spread good practice depends on accuracy and reliable data. As such, the CQC should make sure underperforming organisations record accurate data despite other pressures.
  • The National Freedom to Speak up Guardian will have to be seen to be able to support confidential reporting if whistle-blowers are not to experience the adverse effects on their jobs and employability, currently all too frequently reported with the current systems.
  • The current financial climate makes targeting a necessity. However, RCSEd believes that all organisations, even the outstanding and good ones, should be inspected intermittently by unannounced inspections to ensure the standards are maintained.

RCSEd will respond to the strategy upon publication of the final version in due course.

For further information on this and other RCSEd responses, please contact Andrew Mullinex at a.mullinex@rcsed.ac.uk.

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