Barristers’ regulator asks QCA to consider QC re-accreditation – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 24th, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, news, quality assurance, queen's counsel by sally

‘The barristers’ regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today formally asked that Queen’s Counsel Appointments (QCA) considers developing a system of re-accrediting criminal silks.’

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd March 2015

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Barristers’ regulator lobbies for QC re-accreditation – Legal Futures

Posted March 24th, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, news, quality assurance, queen's counsel by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has issued a formal request to Queen’s Counsel Appointments (QCA) – the body which runs the annual silk round – to consider developing a system of re-accrediting criminal QCs as “it is not in the public interest to exempt QCs from quality assurance”.’

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Legal Futures, 24th March 2015

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Some CPS barristers ‘lack flair’, says inspection report – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2015 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, quality assurance, reports by tracey

‘Too many Crown Prosecution Service barristers lack “presence, self-confidence and flair” in Crown Court trials, a report has said. The CPS Inspectorate found that CPS barristers in England and Wales were in danger of “losing” the jury because of how they presented cases. Standards of CPS advocacy had taken a “step backwards” over the past three years, the report said.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2015

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QC status “should be extended” beyond barristers and solicitors – Legal Futures

‘QC status should be available to all advocates appearing in the higher courts, whether or not they are barristers or solicitors, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2015

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Largest NHS trust put in special measures after damning CQC report – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2015 in hospitals, news, quality assurance, reports by sally

‘The NHS’s largest hospital trust in England is being put into special measures after inspectors uncovered an array of serious problems at one of its hospitals, including poor A&E care, a lack of staff, poor morale and a culture of bullying and harassment.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2015

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Baby deaths inquiry: NHS criticism expected – BBC News

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in birth, doctors, health, hospitals, midwives, news, quality assurance, reports by sally

‘Failures at a maternity unit where a number of newborn babies and mothers died are expected to be exposed later.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2015

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Supreme Court to hear QASA appeal – but rejects claim of threat to advocate independence – Legal Futures

Posted February 13th, 2015 in advocacy, appeals, barristers, news, proportionality, public interest, quality assurance by tracey

‘The barristers challenging the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates have today been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court declined permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s finding that the principle of independence of the advocate was not infringed by QASA, saying it did not have a real prospect of success.’

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Legal Futures, 12th February 2015

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Whistleblowing: ‘It’s still not safe for us to speak out’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 12th, 2015 in doctors, health, news, nurses, quality assurance, reports, whistleblowers by sally

‘Whistle-blowers say Sir Robert Francis’s report fails to offer enough protection to staff to who speak out and will not encourage others to come forward.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2015

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Pledge to end locking up mentally ill in police cells – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2015 in detention, hospitals, mental health, news, police, quality assurance, statistics by tracey

‘Authorities in England have pledged to bring an end to the practice of detaining people with mental health problems in police cells. The NHS, councils and police are now set to come up with plans for how they will achieve this, the government said.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2015

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Bar Council warns on potential “cost to quality” from CPD move – Legal Futures

Posted December 4th, 2014 in barristers, continuing professional development, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The Bar Council has warned of a potential “cost to quality”, following an announcement from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) that from next month it will only accredit CPD providers, and not individual courses.’

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Legal Futures, 4th December 2014

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Mental health NHS trusts ranked for risk of poor care – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2014 in hospitals, mental health, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked almost every mental health NHS trust in England in terms of risk of providing poor care.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2014

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Covert care camera guidance approved by Care Quality Commission – BBC News

‘Guidance for people who install hidden cameras to check on standards of their own or a relative’s care has been approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).’

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BBC News, 19th November 2014

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Hundreds of GPs face urgent Care Quality Commission checks – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 18th, 2014 in doctors, news, quality assurance by sally

‘Almost 900 practices across Britain – more than one in 10 – deemed most likely to be failing patients by Care Quality Commission.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2014

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Yarl’s Wood: Undercover tour of detention centre with dreadful reputation for its treatment of asylum seekers – The Independent

‘The Detention Centre in Bedfordshire – privately run, but publicly funded – has a dreadful reputation for its treatment of asylum seekers. Cole Moreton found a way inside to see if its notoriety is deserved.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2014

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Judge hits out at system that encourages solicitors to charge barristers referral fees – Legal Futures

‘Mr Justice Green, chairman of the Advocacy Training Council, has condemned the lack of a “level playing field” for publicly funded advocates, which is leading to the practice of “selling litigation rights”.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2014

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Speech by The Hon. Mr Justice Green: Advocacy in Peril? – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Key note address “Advocacy in Peril?” for the International Advocacy Teaching Conference, Nottingham Trent University on 28 June 2014 by The Honourable Mr Justice Green, Chairman, Advocacy Training Council.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 5th November 2014

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Bar Standards Board left with £100,000 bill after QASA costs ruling – Legal Futures

Posted November 4th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, costs, news, public interest, quality assurance, trials by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is facing a bill for over £100,000 after the Court of Appeal ruled that there was no need for it to be separately represented at the hearing of the judicial review against the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).’

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2014

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Independent review of Ofsted ‘urgently required’ – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2014 in education, local government, news, quality assurance, teachers by sally

‘Ofsted is in urgent need of independent review in light of concerns about its objectivity and reliability, local government leaders have said.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2014

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Will scrapping the CPD requirement reduce the quality of lawyers? – The Futures of Law

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has pledged to scrap its requirement for solicitors to complete 16 hours of continuing professional development (CPD), describing its existing system as little more than a “box ticking” exercise. The SRA believes revoking the current system will provide greater flexibility, but Nicholas Lakeland, partner and head of the employment and pensions team at Silverman Sherliker LLP, fears it may well lead to a real reduction in training.’

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The Future of Law, 22nd October 2014

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Hospital safety standards shocking, say inspectors – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2014 in budgets, health & safety, hospitals, news, quality assurance, standards, statistics by tracey

‘Safety standards in hospitals in England are “shocking”, inspectors say. The warning by the Care Quality Commission came as it released the results for the first 82 hospital inspected under a new regime. The system has been designed to be tougher and was overhauled following the Stafford Hospital scandal.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk