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Routes Healthcare attend CQC's strategy consultation event chaired by Andrea Sutcliffe Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care.

Cath Townley Clinical Governance and Abby Hough HR Manager had the pleasure of attending the consultation and putting our views forward about the proposed changes to CQC's strategy.

Andrea explained the 6 themes for the proposed changes;

  • Theme 1; Improving our use of data and information

  • Theme 2; Implementing a single shared view of quality

  • Theme 3; Targeting and tailoring our inspection activity

  • Theme 4; Developing a more flexible approach to registration

  • Theme 5; Assessing how well hospitals use resources

  • Theme 6; Developing method to assess quality for population and across local areas

We were particularly asked to focus our feedback on Theme 2 and Theme 6.  This involved some lively debates from the participants including home care providers, nursing home managers, independent consultants and CQC inspectors.

The consultation period ends on 14th March 2016 and there is also a live CQC Twitter debate between 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday 10th February.

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Posted by: Sharon Tither on February 5th, 2016 @ 3:41 PM

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Nursing associate role offers development opportunities for HCAs

The RCN has welcomed proposals to create a new nursing support role in England

The plans, announced by the Department of Health late last year, will see a new role created to bridge the gap between health care assistants (HCAs) and registered nurses. It’s proposed that staff trained through this route will learn on the job via an apprenticeship leading to a foundation degree.

RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies said: "This recognises the value of health care assistants and is an initiative which will allow them to develop their skills. Part of this is about enabling people in unregulated positions, supporting registered nurses, to access training via a clear structure, and this is something we have long campaigned for."

It is hoped nursing associates will release time for nurses to use their specialist training to focus on clinical duties and take more of a lead in decisions about patient care. The Government has said it will also look at what opportunities there are for staff in this role to become registered nurses through either a degree level nurse apprenticeship or a shortened nursing degree at university.

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Posted by: Sharon Tither on January 22nd, 2016 @ 5:19 PM

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CQC appoints first National Guardian for the freedom to speak up in the NHS

CQC have announced the appointment of Dame Eileen Sills, the Chief Nurse at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, as the first National Guardian for speaking up safely in the NHS.

As the National Guardian for the freedom to speak up, Dame Eileen will help to lead a cultural change, initially within NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts, so that healthcare staff always feel confident and supported to raise concerns about patient care.

Dame Eileen has been Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust since 2005. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, during which time she has held a number of general management and senior nursing leadership posts. Dame Eileen was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to nursing and a DBE in January 2015.

“By working with the local ambassadors within NHS trusts Dame Eileen will contribute to the change in culture that is needed.”

David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission


Posted by: Sharon Tither on January 15th, 2016 @ 4:05 PM

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Salford is now open !!!!


Due to the growth of the branch Routes Healthcare Sale are delighted to announce they have moved to their new offices located in Salford. 


Their new address is Unit 26, Winders Way, Salford, M6 6AR. 

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Exciting times ahead for Branch Manager Denise Hampson and her team.

Posted by: Abby Hough on January 6th, 2016 @ 2:24 PM

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Telephones back on line in Rochdale

The telephones are now back up and running in our Rochdale Branch. 

Thank you for your cooperation.


Posted by: Abby Hough on December 29th, 2015 @ 1:11 PM


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