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The case of a convicted fraudster who rose from the ranks of nurse to chief executive has been highlighted by a watchdog as cause to review how NHS trusts are employing "fit and proper" directors.Paula Vasco-Knight (pictured) was given a suspended prison sentence at Exeter Crown Court in 2017 after…
The Care Inspectorate have announced the appointment of Peter Macleod as their new Chief Executive.Mr Macleod is currently Director of Children’s Services and Chief Social Worker, at Renfrewshire Council, a post he has held since January 2015. Welcoming the appointment, Paul Edie, Chair, Care Inspectorate said: “I am delighted to…
Urgent action is needed to tackle the worsening performance and financial problems at NHS Tayside, according to Scotland’s public spending watchdog.Auditor general for Scotland Caroline Gardner spoke out after a new report noted the struggling health board achieved just seven out of 20 national standards in March 2018 – down…
"Hostility" between surgeons at a beleaguered hospital trust led to them needing to take part in mediation to try and resolve their issues, a new report states.Health inspectors have ordered immediate action to improve services at the cardiac surgery unit at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in south-west…
A hospital trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal has been criticised by health inspectors in a new report.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) as "inadequate" in findings published on Thursday.The trust runs Shropshire's two main hospitals, Telford's Princess…
A mental health trust has been rated inadequate for a third time, with records of patients harming themselves while waiting to be seen.Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found "significant concerns" when it inspected Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in September.The trust was under-staffed, some wards were found…
The capacity of childcare services in Scotland has decreased, prompting renewed fears the Scottish Government will not be able to meet its pledge to expand free nursery provision.It has pledged to increase paid-for nursery places from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year olds, and eligible two-year…
Play fighting involving staff as well as inmates is "widespread" at a youth jail, an inspection found.The issue was referenced in a report on Rainsbrook secure training centre near Rugby in Warwickshire.It said: "Unacceptable levels of 'play fighting', by both young people and staff, remain widespread across the centre."Attempts by…
Police have been left to pick up the pieces amid a national crisis in mental health care, a watchdog report has warned.Stretched forces are responding to tens of thousands of cases that would be better dealt with by other agencies, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)…
Ministers could bring in a commissioner to oversee children's services at cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council after an Ofsted report found "serious concerns" about the department.Inspectors said children referred to social care services in the county were "not consistently or effectively assessed, supported or protected" in a letter to chief executive…
Health and social care services in Clackmannanshire and Stirling are performing well at present but need to work together more effectively as partners to meet the needs of people in their communities, now and in the future.That is the key message from a joint inspection carried out by inspectors from…
A hospital trust has been placed into special measures after it emerged that more than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed.NHS Improvement confirmed on Thursday that Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has been placed into special measures following recommendations from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).Ian…
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