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CQC consultation – Next Phase of regulation

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are currently asking for views on proposed changes to the way they regulate care in England.

This is the second in a series of three consultations aimed at simplifying and strengthening the way services are regulated.

The CQC are proposing changes to how they regulate adult social care and primary medical services; changes which will help to use information more effectively so they can target inspections in services where there is greatest risk to the quality and safety of care.

They are seeking views on specific proposals for how they will:

  • regulate primary medical services and adult social care services
  • improve the structure of registration, and clarify our 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 proposals explain how they will combine their approaches and work together where providers are delivering services across the hospital, primary care or adult social care sectors. They will also continue to work and learn with services as they change and adopt innovative ways of providing care.

Your feedback to this second consultation will be used to develop the next phase of regulatory work in the areas outlined above.

Ways to respond:

If you have any queries about the consultation, please contact:

The consultation closes on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

Look out for the next phase of regulation – consultation 3

Later in 2017/18, the CQC will publish further consultation. This will include specific proposals for how they will regulate and rate independent healthcare services, starting 2018/19.