How to legally distinguish between a care home and an independent hospital

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Before the Care Standards Act 2000 came into force in April 2002, there was no registration distinction between a nursing home and an independent hospital – the Registered Homes Act 1984 decided that both should be regulated in the same way by district health authorities. The Care Standards Act changed all of that and a separate category of registration for independent hospitals was established, together with separate National Minimum Standards for independent healthcare which are substantially different from the National Minimum Standards for care homes. *Flexibility* The standards for independent hospitals provide considerable more flexibility for providers, particularly in relation to environmental standards so that, for example, room sizes, the number of patients per room and the size and nature of communal space are all treated far more flexibly. The early demise of the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) has resulted in the transfer of responsibility of regulation to the Healthcare Commission, lea

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