CQC outlines new standards for quality and safety and equality and human rights scheme
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published guidance for providers on the essential standards of quality and safety that will apply across the care sector and will replace the National Minimum Standards (NMS).
According to the CQC, care providers must be able to show that they are meeting essential standards as part of a new registration system that centres on ‘people rather than policies, on outcomes rather than systems.’
The standards relate to aspects of care such as involvement and information, personalised care and treatment, safety and safeguarding.
NHS trusts will be the first to use the new registration system on April 1st with social care and independent providers following six months later in October. The implementation and deadlines are both subject to legislation.
CQC will continuously monitor compliance with the revised standards as part of a ‘more dynamic, responsive, robust system of regulation accompanied by new enforcement powers.’
- A Care