The Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England, has launched a second consultation on proposed changes to how they regulate health and social care services. Their strategy for 2016 to 2021, Shaping the future, published in May 2016, set out an ambitious vision for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation, so that more people get high-quality care.
Between December 2016 and February 2017, the CQC consulted on how they should develop and evolve their approach as they implement their vision and move into the next phase of the regulatory approach. It focused 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 the CQC regulates NHS trusts. The full consultation response can be found at www.cqc.org.uk/nextphase1.
This new consultation seeks views on specific proposals for how the CQC will:
- regulate primary medical services and adult social care services
- improve the structure of registration, and clarify their definition of registered providers
- monitor, inspect and rate new models of care and large or complex providers
- use their unique knowledge to encourage improvements in the quality of care in local areas
- carry out their role in relation to the fit and proper persons requirements
The consultation closes on Tuesday 8 August 2017.