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CQC consults on plans to evolve regulation of independent healthcare services in England

29 January 2018

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is inviting people to give their views on plans to evolve its approach to regulating independent healthcare services in England to ensure a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach.

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The proposals set out how CQC intends to develop its next phase of regulation for independent healthcare services, such as independent acute hospitals, independent doctors and clinics, and independent substance misuse services. They include:

  • How CQC plans to introduce quality ratings following its inspections for those independent healthcare services that it was given the power to rate by the Department of Health and Social Care last month.
  • Changes to the regulation of independent healthcare services, including the scheduling and intensity of its inspections and how CQC will monitor providers and gather its intelligence on an ongoing basis.

The consultation is open for eight weeks closing on Friday 23 March 2018. CQC will formally respond to the feedback provided later in the year.

You can respond to the consultation via online webform or by email to nextphase@cqc.org.uk. Alternatively you can send feedback by post to:  

Next Phase Consultation
Care Quality Commission
151 Buckingham Palace Road

CQC has already inspected and rated every independent acute and mental health service in England. A national report on the findings from its inspection programme of all specialist mental health services was published in July 2017. A further report that brings together the findings from its inspections of independent acute hospitals will publish in the coming weeks.