The Care Quality Commission is asking health professionals for views on the regulator’s plans for inspecting and rating care services.
Over the past year, CQC has been developing a new approach to the way it works. The main features of the new approach are larger, more specialist inspection teams led by chief inspectors, and greater involvement by members of the public with personal experience of services.
The regulator has now launched a consultation on what it describes as “detailed guidance” for how it will “regulate, inspect and rate” a range of health and social care services.
This includes acute hospitals, mental health services, community health services, GP practices, out-of-hours services, care homes, home care and hospices.
“It is important to us that we hear what people think of our plans”
The consultation is seeking views on many areas of the process, including the questions inspectors should ask to determine if a service is “safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led”, the core services that they should always assess and the frequency of inspections.
The consultation runs until 4 June. The CQC plans to publish a final update of its inspection guidance in September, before formally introducing the changes from October.
CQC chief executive David Behan said: “Over the past six months we set out proposals for different types of care services and we have been testing our new style inspections.
“The changes we are making are vital to ensuring that we are able to make sure that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care and encourage care services to improve.”
He added: “It is important to us that we hear what people think of our plans.”