Contribute to the Care Quality Commission Consultation on health and adult social care regulation. Closes 8 August

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2 August, 2017
 
VCSE organisations are invited to share their views on changes planned by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to the way it regulates health and adult social care services. 
 
This is the second phase of a broader consultation*.  The CQC is proposing changes in the following areas:
 
  • The regulation of primary medical services and adult social care services.
  • Improvement to the structure of registration, as well as clarification around the CQC’s definition of ‘registered providers’.
  • The monitoring, inspection and ratings of new models of care and large or complex providers.
  • Use of the CQC’s unique knowledge to encourage improvements in the quality of care in local areas.
  • The ways in which the CQC carries out its role in relation to the fit and ‘proper persons’ requirements.
 
VCSE organisations with an interest can respond to the consultations via this webform (deadline: Tuesday 8 August). The accompanying consultation documents can be downloaded here.
 
This consultation follows a period of inspections by the CQC, which resulted in this report (‘The state of adult social care services, 2014 to 2017’). 
 
Sir David Behan, the CQC’s Chief Executive says:
 
“Now that we have established [a] quality baseline we want to focus more on understanding how services improve and using our insight and regulatory approach to strengthen how we encourage improvement. We want to develop a consistent approach across all sectors and make sure that our approach to registration enables us to always hold the right people to account”.
 
More on the consultation

*Between December 2016 and February 2017 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) received 496 responses from key stakeholders focussing on: the principles for regulating new models of care and complex providers; changes to the assessment frameworks; strengthening the guidance on registering services for people with a learning disability; and changes to the way we regulate NHS trusts.  It is now kicking off the second phase of this consultation

Queries about the consultation document and/or webform should be directed here:
Email the CQC at nextphase@cqc.org.uk
Call the CQC on 03000 616161

 
 
Useful Resources
 
CQC Consultation documents: ‘Our next phase of regulation: A more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulating in a changing landscape of health and social care’
 
 
The state of adult social care services 2014 to 2017: CQC report following a series of 33,000 inspections that were carried out between October 2014 and February 2017.
 
 
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