Today is the deadline for responses to CQC’s consultation, ‘A new start’. This is the first in a series of consultations and discussions since they issued their strategy in early 2013.
There are a number of proposals in the consultation that providers will be able to welcome, such as:
The move from a compliance only inspector to one that looks for and recognises high quality, innovative care.
The move from general to specialist inspectors.
The introduction of a new ratings system.
Whilst these proposals are welcomed, there are a number of issues with the plans, primarily due to the fact that they seem to have been designed with a health focus making them difficult to interpret for homecare. We have sent in our full response today which outlines our concerns and suggestions for improvement.
We look forward to working with our members and CQC on the future consultations, creating a regulatory system that works for everyone.