One inspection every three years ‘a myth’

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

Commission for Social Care Inspection chief inspector David Behan has said changes to the regulatory regime for adult social care should not be interpreted as an inspection once every three years. Speaking at the National Care Association’s (NCA) annual conference, in Shropshire in November, Mr Behan said it was a myth to think that the changes detailed in the “Inspection for Better Lives” report would result in triennial inspections. He added that the simple tick-box approach of doing two inspections a year was no longer good enough and that a “lighter touch” approach for the best providers “made sense”. “While the frequency of inspections may be reduced, we are not talking about zero contact between one inspection and the next, or less rigour in the way we scrutinise services,” said Mr Behan. “Our new system is based on the premise of proportionate, risk-based regulation.” The new approach, which is part of a government drive to reduce inspection across many sectors and introduce new principles of inspectio

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