Sir Paul Jenkins KCB QC (Hon) has been appointed by the CQC to lead an independent investigation into its actions following the emergence of allegations of the rape of a resident at a service for people with learning disabilities.
The investigation was announced by CQC CEO Sir David Behan following allegations of a cover-up over the incident at Hillgreen Care’s Colne Road service in North London (see CQC admits acting too slowly following cover-up allegations).
Sir David said: “Although we took action to close this care home, it’s clear that we should have acted more quickly in response to the provider’s failings in order to make sure people were safe. We’ve commissioned this independent investigation because as a public body, it’s important that we understand what we got wrong and how we can do better – and that we’re as transparent as possible about this process.”
Sir Paul is in practice at Matrix Chambers, specialising in the conduct of independent investigations and inquiries for corporations and governments in the UK and internationally. He was formerly Head of the Government Legal Department and Permanent Secretary to the Attorney General from 2006 to 2014.
The independent investigation will examine all aspects of CQC’s regulation of Colne Road at which a resident is alleged to have raped another resident in November 2015. The full Terms of Reference have been published today in CQC’s Board Papers.
Sir Paul will report his findings and recommendations publically to CQC’s Board. The investigation is expected to conclude by the end of this year.