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Following the general election last month the Cabinet remains largely unchanged. David Gauke replaces Damian Green as Work and Pensions Secretary, Jackie Doyle-Price MP joins the Department of Health as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, with a brief including mental health, adult social care and community care, and David Lidington replaces Liz Truss as Justice Secretary. Mr Lidington is MP for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s Kent House in Aylesbury and visited in summer 2015. Mr Lidington’s new Parliamentary Private Secretary, Lucy Frazer, is MP for BIRT’s Fen House in Ely and visited in summer 2016. We are planning to engage with both Ministers in relation to the Trust’s work on brain injury and offending.
The Trust has sent our congratulations to our new constituency MPs representing Graham Anderson House, our independent brain injury rehabilitation hospital in Glasgow and Shinewater Court, our centre for people with complex physical disabilities in Eastbourne. We have also made contact with two newly elected MPs for other areas who themselves have disabilities.
Following a consultation earlier this year, CQC have listened to feedback and will no longer be introducing a strict ‘bed limit’ on residential centres for people with learning disabilities and autism. CQC’s initial plans stated they would no longer approve new residential services with more than six beds. They have now stated that they will review individual services but would recommend that new services are no larger than ten-bedded. The Trust outlined our concerns in a response in February of this year – if you would like to read our response do get in touch.
CQC are continuing to consult on how they regulate services. Anthony Collins Solicitors has produced a useful overview of CQC’s proposed changes in their next phase of regulation. The Trust are considering whether and how to respond to the next consultation, which covers providers who have multiple locations and would expand the ‘well led’ element of inspection to include an examination of board-level management. The consultation closes in early August.
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