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Gracewellcelebrates new home with grand opening


CQC publishes consultation fees


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its consultation on the fees that it proposes to charge providers in 2019/20. The proposals follow the plans CQC set


out to continue to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover its chargeable costs in full from providers. CQC will analyse the feedback from this consultation to prepare a response and a final fees scheme to recommend to the Secretary of State, whose consent is required to implement the scheme from 1 April 2019. CQC will continue to look carefully at its


costs and to demonstrate that it is fair, efficient, effective and proportionate. CQC’s budget, in relation to overall spending on health and adult social care in England, remains at 0.16 per cent. Ian Trenholm, chief executive of the


The red carpet was rolled out for the grand opening of new care home, Gracewell of Ascot, early in October. The care home, on Burleigh Road, will offer high quality, personalised nursing, residential and dementia care to older people right in the heart of the local community. To celebrate its opening, Gracewell of Ascot was delighted to host a very special launch event. The celebration saw the welcoming of VIP guests including high sheriff of Berkshire Graham Barker, deputy mayor Colin Rayner and Alan Carr MBE. Residents, local members of the community and healthcare professionals were also in attendance to enjoy the festivities, prosecco and delicious canapés. Guests were treated to a live performance


from the Charters School jazz band and the soothing sounds of harpist Luisa-Maria Cordell.


A ribbon was cut by founder member of Gracewell of Ascot June Wheeler, who also sliced a three- tier cake that featured decorative jockeys and horses to tie in with the ‘at the races’ theme. Gracewell of Ascot is set to welcome up to


80 residents to its beautifully designed and stylish en-suite bedrooms, with a full team of dedicated and compassionate carers and nurses on hand to deliver high quality and personalised care. The home also has a beautiful courtyard, which overlooks a picturesque sensory garden for all the residents to enjoy. Stella Putt, general manager at Gracewell of


Ascot, says: “We are very excited to have opened Gracewell of Ascot. We hope we have showcased the high quality and compassionate care we will strive to provide every single day, as well as the active role we are keen to play in the community.”


CQC, says: “Health and social care regulation makes a real and practical difference to people’s lives and there needs to be a strong, independent regulator who will always act on the side of people who use services. “Protecting the public in this way has a financial cost. The fees paid by providers enable us to fulfil our purpose of making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care. “The consultation proposals we have


published follow the plans we set out to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover our chargeable costs in full from providers. This consultation period gives providers and their representatives the opportunity to review, comment upon and plan for any changes that may affect them from April 2019.” The consultation runs until midday on 17 January 2019.


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