Prepare now for the new registration system
LINDA HUTCHINSON, director of registration for the Care Quality Commission, updates social care providers on what they need to do to prepare for registration under the Health and Social Care Act.
As this issue of Caring Times goes to press, providers of adult social care services should be receiving through the post the latest information about registering with the Care Quality Commission.
The process of applying for registration will begin shortly. Each provider is to be allocated a four-week period in which to submit their application, and this ‘window’ will be somewhere between 1 April and 30 September. All providers must be registered by 1 October.
Providers will be contacted nearer the time with the dates for their application window.
Under the new registration system, which we are introducing across the whole health and adult social care sector, people can expect providers to meet essential standards of quality that protect their safety and respect their dignity and rights wherever care is provided – in someone’s home, in a community setting, or in a hospital.