CQCs Next Phase of Regulation

The Care Quality Commission has launched the second consultation on proposed changes to how they regulate health and social care services. You can share your views at http://www.cqc.org.uk/nextphase



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. These changes impact on a wide range of the work that they do as a regulator, and using the principles in the strategy and the learning from their inspections so far, they are holding a series of consultations to continue the discussion about how they should develop their regulatory model.

Throughout the development of their regulatory approach they want to keep the elements that they know people value, and to improve what people tell them they can do better. They will continue to work with people who use services, providers, professionals and their other local and national partners to co-produce what they do.


Next Phase of regulation - consultation 1

Between December 2016 and February 2017, they consulted on how they should develop and evolve their approach as they implement their vision and move into the next phase of their 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 they regulate NHS trusts.

They received 496 responses from a range of stakeholders. The feedback produced a number of themes across the consultation. These included: the need to ensure clarity, consistency and transparency in implementing the changes; flexibility in their approach; proportionate regulation; and closer and more collaborative working with other organisations at local and national level (including involving the public in holding services to account through partners such as Healthwatch).

The full consultation response can be found at www.cqc.org.uk/nextphase1



Next Phase of regulation - consultation 2

The consultation launched seeks views on specific proposals for how they 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


Ways to respond:

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

Email - nextphase@cqc.org.uk

Social media - #CQCNextPhase

The consultation closes on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

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