New ratings scheme will be voluntary and providers will have to pay, says regulator
Plans to develop a new rating scheme for providers of social care services have been announced by the regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The scheme – set to be launched in April 2012 – will be CQC-owned, but delivered by other organisations under licence.
The scheme will be voluntary (social care providers can choose to apply for the award) and will involve what CQC terms “a proportionate charge”. The regulator will seek expressions of interest to deliver the scheme in the spring, and will welcome bids from across the private and voluntary sector.
Defining ‘excellence in social care’
CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower said a consultation on how to define excellence in adult social care would be launched in May, building on work carried out for CQC by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
“CQC’s role is to identi