Community nurses who are not directly employed by the NHS should come under the scrutiny of the new super-regulator, according to the Healthcare Commission.
Nurses employed by GPs and social enterprises, who carry out work for the NHS outside hospital settings, should come under its jurisdiction, the commission said.
Walk-in centres and out-of-hours services should also be included in the remit of the Care Quality Commission, which is due to start operating in April 2009, according to a discussion document published ahead of a government consultation on the subject.
Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker said: ‘If the risks of healthcare are increasingly moving out of hospital, then regulation must adapt. People want minimum guarantees on standards, wherever they are treated.’