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CQC regulatory approach clarified in update

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:

The CQC is currently consulting on its future strategy.   

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