Initial regulatory impact assessment for a new start: consultation on changes to the way CQC regulates, inspects and monitors care services

Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Care Quality Commission
Care Quality Commission
Date of publication
17 June 2013
Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
Material type

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The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry identified that people and their families were let down at every level by the individuals and organisations that were meant to protect and care for them. The inquiry uncovered examples of appalling care and a lack of compassion, humanity and leadership. Robert Francis’ report on the public inquiry made recommendations for the commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies, including Care Quality Commission (CQC).  In the wake of the report, CQC is committed to rolling out a number of key changes to the way it regulates and inspects providers, including addressing key recommendations made in the Francis Report.

The purpose of this initial impact assessment is to help identify the practical impact of the draft consultation proposals on stakeholders.  The CQC is committed to changes around five core policy areas: 

  • changes to registration;
  • fundamentals of care;
  • changes to inspections;
  • provider ratings; and
  • corporate accountability.

This document outlines the rationale, proposals, who is affected and how for each of these core changes.  The document is intended to be read alongside the full consultation paper, available by clicking here.

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