They’re updating our approach to regulating independent healthcare services!
Earlier this year they ran a consultation to find out what people thought of our proposals to update how they regulate independent healthcare services. They proposed to make our inspections of these services more targeted and use intelligence being given to them to help them decide where to inspect. This will bring their regulation for independent healthcare in line with NHS hospitals, adult social care services and primary care, which already take this approach.
They’ve now published the response to our consultation and we’ve updated the guidance we give to providers setting out the changes we will be making in how they are regulated.
They received 263 responses to the consultation from a range of health and social care providers or professionals, members of the public and carers, CQC staff, trade bodies, the voluntary sector and from commissioners and Parliamentarians.
Overall, they received strong support for all of the proposals we consulted on. In particular, comments were supportive of proposals to regulate independent healthcare consistently across sectors. There was also support for our plans to strengthen our monitoring of independent healthcare services, to become more focused and targeted in our inspections and to introduce ratings.
You can provide vital local information that helps CQC decide where to inspect. You can send them your enter and view reports, surveys, comments from the public and any other feedback you gather.
This intelligence can help detect changes in quality at a service, either good or bad. You don’t need to wait until we’re inspecting a service to provide this information to us either, you can send them what you’re hearing at any time.