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Abi Spence

Registration and Inspection Specialist

Abi has worked for and with Government agencies relevant to social care for the past 12+ years. Primarily with the Department of Health, Social Services Inspectorate, Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and since its inception the Care Quality Commission (CQC). As part of this long involvement Abi has developed a wide and detailed understanding of relevant issues and has worked closely with stakeholders such as people that use services, carers, providers, local government, the Department of Health, Ofsted and the Audit Commission. Read more

Posts by Abi Spence:

22nd June 2018

A New Mental Health Act – Progress So Far

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

  I wrote an article in October last year about the terms of reference for a major review into the Mental...

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14th May 2018

Part 4: Steps to CQC Registering as a new Provider: The site visit

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

  When CQC registration is on the line…First Impressions really do count! Awkward meetings When I first met my husband’s mother 15 years...

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12th April 2018

Part 3 – Pathway to CQC Registration – Your CQC application has travelled a long way, are you ready for your Registered Manager Fit Person Interview?

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

It’s not me!!! My mum passed me a photo. It was orangey and brown in overall effect…a small child laughed from...

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15th March 2018

Pathway to CQC Registration – Part 2 A Brief Guide from Submission to first glance by a Registration Inspector

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

  In part one of my Registration blog we looked at ‘Pathway to CQC Registration – Part 1 a brief guide...

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13th February 2018

CQC Guidance for Financial Viability Now Available

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

  Last week I wrote regarding the CQC's changes regarding financial viability. You can find that blog here. Just when I thought...

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09th February 2018

CQC Slips In Another Change to the Process – Wheel Out The Statement of Financial Viability

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

  As a late teen, I went for lunch with my boyfriend to a local café. The coffee was good, the...

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02nd February 2018

Pathway to CQC Registration – Part 1: A Brief Guide from Before the Application to when it Reaches a Registration Inspector

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

If you are thinking about trying to Register your service with the CQC it can seem to be a complex...

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01st December 2017

Provider Information Collection – “Evolution not Revolution”

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

  On Thursday Andrea Sutcliffe Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care for CQC, talked in her Column about the new Provider...

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30th November 2017

My Foot!

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

  When was the last time we thought deeply about our feet? When was the last time you gave them your...

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02nd November 2017

Creating a Culture of Complaints

Abi Spence Registration and Inspection Specialist

  How can Health and Social Care Providers help people say it as it is? Tuning In I’m really listening to my Mum. ...

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