Stronger rules on ongoing competence move step closer – Legal Futures

‘The current regulatory approach to lawyers’ ongoing competence needs to change, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has concluded, with assessments such as spot checks likely to be part of the reform.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2021

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Lawyers should have to take competence tests “every 10 years” – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers should have to take online tests every 10 years to prove that they remain competent in their specialist fields, Sarah Chambers, chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP), said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 30th June 2021

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‘More work to do’ to improve Nottingham maternity units – BBC News

‘More needs to be done to bring maternity units at a city’s two main hospitals up to scratch, inspectors have said.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2021

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Cawston Park hospital closed after ‘consistent failures’ – BBC News

Posted May 28th, 2021 in autism, hospitals, learning difficulties, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘A hospital which provided care for adults with a learning disability or autism closed after “consistent failures in meeting standards”, the health watchdog said.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2021

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Hospitals forced to repay millions after falsely claiming their maternity units were safe – The Independent

‘NHS hospitals have been forced to pay millions of pounds to regulators after wrongly claiming their maternity units were among the safest in the country.’

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The Independent, 7th March 2021

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Staff ‘pushed patient over’ at mental health unit, CQC report finds – BBC News

‘A mental health patient was pushed to the floor as hospital staff used “disproportionate and unauthorised techniques”, health inspectors said.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2021

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Cleveland Police ‘making progress but concerns remain’ – BBC News

Posted February 19th, 2021 in children, domestic violence, news, ombudsmen, police, quality assurance, sexual offences by tracey

‘A police force previously dubbed “clueless” is making progress but areas of concern remain, a watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2021

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Watchdog finds serious faults in some English care homes’ Covid defences – The Guardian

‘Inspectors have uncovered serious weaknesses in some care homes’ defences against the pandemic, including Covid-positive carers being told to work because of staff shortages, a failure to isolate residents when they return from hospital and poor use of personal protection equipment.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2021

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Damning CQC report calls for improved community-based capacity, pooled budgets and new national specialist commissioner of complex care – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Care Quality Commission review has found “undignified and inhumane” care in some hospital settings providing complex care for autistic people, and people with a learning disability and/or mental health condition.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th October 2020

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CQC report: Care of people with learning disabilities ‘inhumane’ – BBC News

‘Too many hospitals for people with learning disabilities or autism are providing poor care which is, at times, undignified and inhumane, the care regulator for England has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2020

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Dementia patient restrained by security guards 18 times to be forcibly treated – Daily Telegraph

‘A dementia patient was restrained by security guards 18 times so he could be forcibly treated, as experts warn the case is “shocking and extreme”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2020

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Shropshire maternity scandal: Hundreds more cases under review – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2020 in birth, hospitals, inquiries, news, pregnancy, quality assurance, standards by sally

‘Hundreds more cases are to be reviewed by an independent inquiry into maternity care at an NHS trust, BBC News has learned.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2020

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The Care Quality Commission: an essential guide to its powers and processes – Henderson Chambers

‘The Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England at a time when this sector faces unprecedented scrutiny. However, the CQC’s role and purpose is not well understood. This note provides an essential guide to H&S and regulatory practitioners on the CQC’s powers and procedures in anticipation of widespread enforcement action as the COVID 19 emergency eases.’

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Henderson Chambers, 25th June 2020

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LSB launches continuing competence inquiry – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has launched a call for evidence on continuing competence, the first stage in a promised review of the issue that could lead to periodic checks on lawyers’ fitness to practise.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2020

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Council fined £500k after first prosecution by CQC over failure to provide safe care – Local Government Lawyer

‘Derbyshire County Council has been fined £500,000 following the first prosecution that the Care Quality Commission has brought against a local authority since the watchdog was given powers to prosecute health and social care providers for failing to provide safe care and treatment in 2015.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th December 2019

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‘Disgraceful’: Furious families confront NHS trust bosses over maternity scandal as it emerges true extent may never be known – The Independent

‘The full extent of failings by the hospital trust at the centre of the largest NHS maternity scandal may never be known, it has emerged. The chair of the independent investigation into Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has warned that some records going back more than two decades may have been destroyed under NHS rules.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2019

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LSB builds case for ‘continuing competence’ push – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has heard calls for regulators to take a more “hands-on” approach to ensuring that lawyers remain competent through their careers.’

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Legal Futures, 31st October 2019

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One in five cosmetic surgery clinics are unsafe, warns CQC – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2019 in cosmetic surgery, health & safety, news, ombudsmen, quality assurance, standards by sally

‘The health regulator is threatening to shut down beauty clinics that perform unsafe facelifts, nose jobs and breast enlargements after finding that one in five are putting clients at risk.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2019

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BSB passes regulatory test on advocacy quality – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has said the Bar Standards Board (BSB) now meets the standard it set for improving the quality of advocacy – unlike the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and CILEx Regulation (CR), whose work is ongoing.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd September 2019

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Written pupillage agreements may help counter “shocking abuse” – Legal Futures

Posted August 5th, 2019 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, quality assurance, standards by tracey

‘Requiring chambers to enter into written agreements with pupils may help to counter “shocking” instances of abusive treatment, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 5th August 2019

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