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Confed chair: Trusts lacking senior diversity should not get top CQC ratings

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Trusts underperforming on leadership diversity should not be rated “good” or “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the NHS Confederation chair has told HSJ.

Victor Adebowale said he did not understand how organisations can achieve the top CQC ratings if they do not demonstrate sufficient diversity at senior levels.

Lord Adebowale was speaking to HSJ alongside Marie Gabriel, following Ms Gabriel being appointed last month to chair the new NHS Race and Health Observatory, which is being hosted by the confederation.

The influential peer’s comments also follow the new People Plan tightened criteria around equality, diversity and inclusion in the “well-led” aspect of the care quality regulator’s inspections.

He said: “I struggle to see [how] any NHS trust that performs badly, [on] racial equality and leadership, can be considered to be good and outstanding. I don’t get it.

“It seems to me there is enough regulation to take into account the requirement to lead all the people, all the time. But, obviously, if you’re not, then you shouldn’t be [getting] slaps on the back, and [be rated] outstanding or good in anything else.”

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Source: HSJ, 28 August 2020

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