I’ve bemoaned both the changes in the CQC and the financial troubles of Southern Cross over the last few years since I started writing this blog.
For today, a bit of a ‘lazy post’ – I thought I’d collate all the posts that I’d made on those two subjects. It provides a little bit of context and stops me repeating myself.
Active Care – Another Tale of Southern Cross? (16/8/2008 – READ THE COMMENTS!
The concerns and worries about the financial management of Southern Cross go back a long way. This is not ‘new’ news. The ‘new’ news is that the company is now close to the brink of collapse. There is almost an inevitability in this as those who sought to make a quick buck in the care sector realise that sometimes the figures don’t add up. Property doesn’t always pay. But making money on the back of what was a public monopoly (provision of care services) can lead to some rich pickings until some of that money needs to be spent. Corners are cut. Staff costs are cut. Older people are warehoused in increasingly larger residential and nursing homes while the roll-out of the so-called personalisation agenda rings very very hollow at the moment for those who are the most dependent and those who need long term care. Where this the personalisation within residential and nursing care services? Where are the small group homes with support for older adults with dementia? They don’t exist because they wouldn’t make a profit.
That is what those involved with personalisation need to address. Not how people who have capacity and ability to manage personal budgets or have families to help them will manage but how will personal budgets (health and social care) and personalisation help and create better systems for older adults in dementia nursing care. Give me an answer to these questions and I’ll have more faith.
CQC – Care Quality Commission
From the first day the CQC came into ‘being’
DoLs, IMHAs and the CQC (1/4/2009) – these were all introduced on the same day. Do look at the quote from Barbara Young, the first Chair of the CQC. VERY telling.
Britain’s Homecare Scandal (10/4/2009) – another Panorama investigation.
Can Gerry Robinson Fix Dementia Care Homes? (8/12/2009) – another TV programme.
Linford Park Nursing Home (3/8/2010)
Closing Care Homes (30/9/2010)
Lessons from the Care Sector (26/10/2010)
Trouble at the CQC (3/11/2010)
Johann Hari’s Manifesto for Change in Care Homes (26/1/2011) – one of which was ‘proper inspections’.
Scrutiny, CQC and ADASS (15/2/2011)
Excellence Ratings for Care Homes (1/3/2011)
Inspections and the CQC (11/3/2011)
Which Care? What Care? (19/4/2011)
Care Home Crises (16/5/2011)
So is this surprising? I wish it were. I want to emphasise though that it is the management of the CQC that I feel is badly serving those who need support and care rather than the individual inspectors who I know have as many criticisms of the system as the rest of us do. How did this, or the last government allow regulation so toothless just as they are ratcheting up the OFSTED inspections? Does it say anything about how we, as a society, want to value or hide away adults with disabilities? I suspect it does.
- Care home watchdog hit by staff and jobs crisis (independent.co.uk)