Regulator puts out feelers for groups to run excellence scheme
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has sought expressions of interest to run its recently announced CQC-licensed excellence award for adult social care providers. In an announcement on March 31, it asked organisations to register their interest by 20th April.
CQC says the award – due to launch in April 2012 – will be open to all social care providers offering regulated services, including care homes, homecare, supported living and Share Lives services, rehabilitation and residential substance misuse services.
The regulator says the new scheme will be voluntary and subject to a proportionate charge. Providers who achieve the award will see it published on CQC’s website, alongside their core ‘provider profile’ showing compliance with CQC’s own essential standards (due to launch later this year).
CQC envisages the award being delivered by third party organisations licensed by CQC. The regulator says it wants there to be a number of schemes available nationwide so that care providers can choose a scheme which is most suitable and affordable to them.
Expressions of interest to run the scheme under licence are now being sought by CQC, with says