The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the newly formed independent regulator of health and social care in England. This month the CQC takes over from previous regulators HCC and CSCI.
The CQC’s aim is “to make sure better care is provided for everyone, whether that’s in hospital, in care homes, in people’s own homes, or elsewhere”.
The so called ‘super regulator’ will regulate health and adult social care services, whether provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations, as well as protecting the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act.
Chief Executive Cynthia Bower said in a recent interview with the Guardian:
“The HCC had taken a “big brain” approach to regulation, using intelligence systems to identify risks in the NHS and target inspections accordingly. The CSCI approach was more about “running the finger around the toilet bowl”. It had thousands of care homes to regulate and fewer statistical tools to identify where problems might lie. So, inevitably, it relied more on regularly visiting establishments.
“At the Care Quality Commission, we will focus on what patients and the public need to hear from us.”
Thousands of migrant care workers, nurses and domestic workers help run the various care services in the UK, which employ 1.3 million people.
Will the formation of the CQC be another step towards professionalising the industry or just another expensive QUANGO?
What’s you opinion?
See video of Chair Barbara Young and Chief Executive Cynthia Bower.
CQC website: http://www.cqc.org.uk/