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30th June 2011

CQC announces review of learning disability services

The Care Quality Commission have announced an immediate review of Learning Disability Services.

The review will commence with an inspection of 150 services with similar characteristics to that of Winterbourne View (the hospital at the centre of the Panorama expose) in Bristol.  Naturally this will come as quite a shock to an industry, which this year have been experiencing low volumes of inspections.  Political pressure following the BBC programme has clearly been brought to bear on the regulator, requiring them to fulfil their primary role, namely inspecting health and adult social care organisations to ensure that the essential standards of quality and safety are always being adhered to.

The CQC have also advised that a second phase to this review will be looking at the learning from the 150 inspections and to apply that to a sample of other registered services, which provide alternative models of care for people with learning disabilities. The inspections themselves will concentrate on:

1)      The care and welfare of service users; and

2)      Safeguarding service users from abuse.

Questions about the competency of compliance inspectors to carry out these inspections are being met via their support from recognised experts/professionals in the field.

Further details can be found on the CQC website.

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