A HIGH RANKING member of a new organisation which seeks to protect the public and champion patients’ rights in health and adult social care, visited Solihull on Wednesday.
Kay Sheldon, a newly appointed commissioner of the Care Quality Commission, an independent body which came into operation on April 1, dropped into the Spire Hospital at Damson Parkway, earlier this week.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), aims to improve services in the field of health and adult social care and act swiftly to remedy bad practice by hospitals, local councils, private companies or voluntary groups.
Barbara Young, chairman of the CQC, said: “We will join up the regulation of health and adult social care across the public and independent sectors for the first time. The public wants good quality of care.
“We will put people’s rights to good quality and safe care right at the heart of what we do and we will work hard to ensure that users of services and their carers and families are fully involved in shaping our work and the driving up of quality.”
The CQC will also carry out reviews into care for people with strokes, health and social care for families with disabled children and young people, and the healthcare needs of people in care homes during the next year.
It will also be charged with examining the physical needs of people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.
The organisation replaces the Healthcare Commission, the Mental Health Act Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection as one single body which all ceased functioning on April 1.