The CQC has confirmed that it will continue to only undertake inspection activity in response to a serious risk of harm or where it supports the system’s response to the pandemic, in an update on the CQC regulatory approach during COVD-19.
The regulator for England says that for adult social care services, in addition to undertaking inspection activity where there is a clear risk to safety, inspections will take place only in the following circumstances:
- infection, prevention and control (IPC) inspections
- rapidly inspect potential designated sites
- inspect services where there is an ability to award a new rating, supporting local authorities to commission care where needed.
- continue to monitor and assess services where there is a risk of closed cultures developing.
Other features of ongoing CQC regulatory approach include:
- priority registration applications that support the system’s response to COVID-19
- monitoring and review the application of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Providers are asked to put plans in place to mitigate challenges around staffing and availability of clinical resources, in line with national guidance
Support for providers includes: