The dates of the inspection have been set for the two weeks commencing 19 July 2010. During that time, the inspectors will be staying in or around the borough and will be actively meeting with officers from the Council, partnership officers and - most importantly - service users.
Whilst they look at how well we perform overall, a specific client group is also chosen as an enhanced focus for the inspection: in our case, this is how well services are delivered to people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
A large amount of documentary evidence is collated in advance and forwarded to the inspectors so that they can begin to focus their questions. This is underway now, and officers in the Council are pulling together the paperwork requested by CQC and sending it through to them in batches. This includes strategies and procedures, minutes of meetings and information that we make available to the public.