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You Must Register With the Care Quality Commission

New registration system

From 1 April 2010, the regulation of health and adult social care will change. Legislation is bringing in a new system that applies to all regulated health and adult social care services.

All health and adult social care providers, who provide regulated activities, will be required by law to register with the Care Quality Commission. Subject to legislation, new registration comes into force on 1 April 2010 for NHS trusts (including primary care trusts as providers) and 1 October 2010 for adult social care and independent  providers.

These rules are vital for our clients,  so we have put together a summary FAQ  below to help you get to grips with the changes without wading through mountains of legislation.

Q. Who are the Care Quality Commission?

A.The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and adult social care services in England.  They also protect the interests of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.  The CQC took over the  Healthcare Commission, Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission which ceased to exist on 31 March 2009.  The  web address is www.cqc.org.uk

Q. What is Registration?

A. Registration isn’t just about initial registration of your care provision. You must also be able to show that you are meeting the new essential standards of quality and safety across all of the regulated activities you provide.  Previously these were set by the National Minimum Standards of Quality or Standards for Better Health. For the registration your care provision must be in line with the new ‘Guidance about Compliance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 PDF.

The Care Quality Commission not only requires the registration but will also:-

  • Monitor whether providers continue to comply with these regulations
  • Use their new enforcement powers to make sure swift action is taken if providers are not compliant

For example in Section 9 of the ‘Guidance about Compliance’,  Regulation 13 offers detailed rules related to bedroom sizes, room temperatures, furnishings, décor. The regulation also offers details related to communal rooms, toilets, baths and showers and issues related to privacy and dignity. It is vital you comply with these regulations.

Q. Why is it Happening?

A. The  Health and Social Care Act 2008 introduced a new, single registration system that applies to both health and adult social care.  The new regulations are set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2009, and were laid before Parliament at the end of October 2009. When the regulations come into force, they will replace:

  • National Minimum Standards
  • Standards for Better Health

Q. How do I Register

A.Until otherwise instructed, adult social care providers who want to register a new service or want to change or vary their current registration under the Care Standards Act 2000 should continue to use existing forms available from the Care Quality Commission.

This article is a brief touch on the subject of the new registration but we recommend that you go to the Care Quality Commission’s website for more details to suit your individual provision and to download relevant forms.

Further guidance will be available in December and we invite you to subscribe carehomedesign.co.uk blog site source to ensure that you receive this  information immediately it becomes a legal enforcement.

If you have any concerns regarding the design and construction of your future projects  or  maintenance of your current building related to the new CQC registration we warmly invite you to contact the BCP support team  in full confidentiality on: 0800 019 0750

or email:  info@carehomedesign.co.uk

Building Construction Partnership, Experts in Design, Development and Build within the Health Care Industry

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