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Skills for Care supports care home’s transition to new CQC single assessment framework

Care workforce development organisation Skills for Care has introduced a new version of its GO Online: Inspection toolkit to prepare care providers for the new CQC Single Assessment Framework coming into effect later this year.

The Single Assessment Framework builds upon the CQC’s existing inspection focus and introduces new areas of focus. The CQC regulations are staying the same and inspectors will continue to look at the same five key questions to determine if a service is ‘Safe’, ‘Effective’, ‘Caring’, ‘Responsive’ and ‘Well-led’. However, KLOEs will be replaced by 34 new Quality Statements.

Regulated providers also need to be ready to evidence new areas such as: workforce wellbeing; promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion; connecting with integrated care in their area, and ensuring environmental sustainability.

The updated GO Online: Inspection toolkit provides practical information, advice and resources covering all five key questions.  New content includes:

  • films – providing introductions to each of the Quality Statements, helping providers understand what inspectors will be looking for
  • recommendations – informed by good and best practice, enabling providers to consider what may need to be evidenced to meet or exceed CQC expectations
  • practical examples – showing what other providers are already doing around each of the Quality Statements
  • resources – including a wider range of support from Skills for Care and others related to each area of inspection.

The updated toolkit has been co-produced with support from scie, NICE and The Outstanding Society.

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