Will the new CQC common quality standards deliver common sense?

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

By TOM DRISCOLL, Pinkertons

As all public and private sector care providers should know, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ended the consultation period to its Draft Guidance outlining what health and adult social care services will need to do to meet the inspectorate’s soon-to-be-legally -enforceable Registration Standards. What exactly will this mean to providers across the country who are already burdened with the plethora of form-filling and process documentation which, up until now, has only escalated toward another audit and further scrutiny of the Minimum Standards, best practice and potentially more time consuming paper work?

The inspection reports’ star ratings, which came into being during 2007, now offer a quick guide to the overall quality of a care facility but in our experience, the rating should not be taken literally that the front end delivery of care and accommodation is necessarily of either the lowest or highest possible standards.

The star rating itself has almost rendered the inspection repor

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