Experts sought for new CQC closed culture group

The CQC is seeking care home staff to take part in a new Expert Advisory Group on closed cultures.

A closed culture is a poor culture in a health or care service that increases the risk of harm. This includes abuse and human rights breaches. The CQC believes that closed cultures are more likely to develop in services where:

  • people are removed from their communities
  • people stay for months or years at a time
  • there is weak leadership
  • staff lack the right skills, training or experience to support people
  • there is a lack of positive and open engagement between staff and with people using services and their families

To support the work, the CQC has issued new guidance for inspectors on closed cultures, and additional training during this Summer. This follows the BBC Panorama programme in 2019 on Whorlton Hall, which highlighted shocking abuse of people with a learning disability and autistic people in hospitals.

Expert Advisory Group candidates are asked to submit an Expression of Interest by email closedculturesengagement@cqc.org.uk

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