CQC alerts independent ambulance providers to ’emerging patient safety concerns’

The CQC is calling on independent ambulance services in England to ensure they care for their patients safely after its inspections to date have found significant concerns.

CQC has carried out 70 comprehensive inspections of independent ambulance services since April 2015. From many of these inspections, CQC has identified common concerns around poor medicines management, cleanliness and infection control practices and a lack of appropriate recruitment checks.

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Urgent and emergency care pilot reports

As part of their plans to explore how they might comment on the quality of care across a local health and care system, the Care Quality Commissions has published reports of two pilots which explore what this could look like for urgent and emergency care.

The reports focus on urgent and emergency care systems in South Warwickshire and in Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven & Bradford.  In both areas the CQC looked at the contribution of the services that support people with urgent and emergency care needs, including NHS 111, A&E departments, ambulance services, GP practices, GP out of hours-services and care homes and how well they worked together for the benefit of the local population.