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CQC to investigate social care staffing and training

The Care Quality Commission is to investigate levels of adult social care staffing and training later this year. It will undertake a “thematic probe” into the issues after they were identified by a range of stakeholders as key concerns during feedback. A report to the latest CQC board meeting said there was evidence that some […]

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‘Why reintroducing star ratings for care providers would be a bad idea’

The proposal to reintroduce “star ratings” for care services is misguided, says John Burton of the Association of Care Managers. Who can argue with the idea that, when looking for a care home, potential residents and their relatives would find it helpful to be able to compare one home with another by using an easily […]

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Is the carrot or the stick the best means of driving improvement in social care?

  This was the week in which “the stick” made a return to the arena of discussions about how social care organisations – and councils in particular – improve. By the stick I mean inspection or at least assessment by the regulator, an idea that care services minister Norman Lamb has said that he is […]

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