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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.
What can I expect from my first inspection?
What can I expect from my first CQC inspection after starting as a Domiciliary Care Agency?
The inspection will be based upon the Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOEs) for Community Services which you can find here: Community services KLOE and Prompts with evidence column
Reading the KLOEs will give you a good idea of what it is that the CQC will be looking for.
Additionally, you will probably have been asked by CQC to complete a Provider Information Return (PIR). You should put as much information as possible in the PIR as inspectors will use the information as a key part of the information they have about your service.
If I were an inspector I would be interested in some key areas:
Have your staff had induction training and is training continuing to be delivered to them (the Care Certificate)?
Are your staff records complete?
Are your policies and procedures up to date and are you keeping the appropriate records especially around “Is it safe?” and safeguarding?
Do you have a system for auditing the quality of the care being delivered?
If you are familiar with the KLOEs and you are familiar with the regulations then I think you will be ready.
Please come back to me if there is anything else you would like to know.
*All information is correct at the time of publishing.
Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions.
For Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA), care is Sheila's life. She possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business, and as a leader in the care sector.
For a long time, Sheila has answered thousands of your social care questions, her extensive experience has been invaluable in helping care providers to deliver outstanding care. Below you can access the many questions she answered during those years.
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