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Saturday 1 October 2016
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Blog: Committed to a joined up approach

Blog: Committed to a joined up approach

For the last two weeks the Care Quality Commission's chief inspector of general practice, Steve Field, has been busy meeting CQC staff and taking part in inspections, as we prepare for the rollout of our new approach in October.

I also joined our CEO David Behan at the HSJ Commissioning Summit, where we spoke to a lot of CCG leaders to get feedback, and to commit to working closely with them as we both continue to encourage improvement in health and social care.

One of my top priorities is a commitment to ensuring we are joined up in our care approach and I am particularly interested in problems which are due to the handovers between different parts of the care system. You might have missed our report looking at children’s transition into adult care called ‘From the pond into the sea’. You can find that report on our website For the last two weeks I’ve been busy meeting CQC staff and taking part in inspections, as we prepare for the rollout of our new approach in October.

I also joined our CEO David Behan at the HSJ Commissioning Summit, where we spoke to a lot of CCG leaders to get feedback, and to commit to working closely with them as we both continue to encourage improvement in health and social care.

One of my top priorities is a commitment to ensuring we are joined up in our care approach and I am particularly interested in problems which are due to the handovers between different parts of the care system. You might have missed our report looking at children’s transition into adult care called From the pond into the sea. You can find that report on the CQC website.

For me this has always been a big issue as a GP. In fact, I was just thinking about this last week, and reflecting we should be doing this better for young people.

Pride

A big thank you to all the CQC staff who planned and participated in this year’s Pride festivals in London, Newcastle and Manchester. Participating and representing CQC in all three events is a significant milestone in demonstrating how important we view LGBT and other diversity issues. Along with the hard preparation work, I hope those of you who took part (along with our CQC staff) managed to have some fun!  I’m looking forward to hearing how Sunderland Pride goes later this month.

This week’s myth-buster from our Senior National GP Advisor Dr Nigel Sparrow focuses on the confusion people sometimes find between the Gillick competence and Fraser guidelines.

Finally, don’t forget to take part in our consultation on the guidance about our regulations for providers, which also includes our approach to the Fit and Proper Persons requirement and Duty of Candour. You can find a useful video explaining Duty of Candour here.