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REDCAR & Cleveland Borough Council has praised its Health Visiting and School Nursing services following an inspection from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England, and regularly inspects healthcare services. The regulator inspected the council in October as both services transferred from the NHS in recent years.

During the inspection, the CQC inspectors spoke with children and families, observed home visits and school drop-ins, visited child health clinics and infant feeding clinics, as well as interviewing staff and managers.

Today, (Thursday 18 January 2018) at Redcar and Cleveland’s full council meeting, Cabinet Member for Children, Councillor Craig Hannaway praised the services for receiving such a glowing report.

Following the meeting, he said: “I was delighted to announce to full council that our Health Visitors and School Nurses have attained this fantastic recognition from the CQC.

“The inspection and report gave no recommendations to improve the services, demonstrating the high quality services our teams provide. They have shown tremendous dedication and hard work and we are very proud of what they have achieved.”

The report recognised the “seamless” transition from the NHS as well as the “high quality of care” provided to children and families.

The services’ “robust safeguarding arrangements” were highlighted as an area of good practice, and managers, practitioners and administrative staff were commended for demonstrating “high levels of integrity” and driving “continuous improvement”.

Cllr Hannaway added: “Our aim is to keep this success going so families in the borough continue to receive this great service.”

The CQC cannot officially give a rating due to the health services being delivered by a local authority. To see the report, please visit www.cqc.org.uk

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