Care England, the largest representative body of adult social care providers, has issued its response to the CQC’s formal consultation on its new strategy.
The consultation, which closed yesterday, sets out four themes designed to enable more effective regulation and help the CQC to become more flexible in managing risk and uncertainty by focusing on the areas of: people and communities; smarter regulation; safety through learning; and accelerating improvement.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, (pictured) said: “Care England supports the general direction of the strategy. Ensuring that the individual in receipt of care is placed at the centre of the system is paramount to the delivery of good care. Care England has long been calling for the CQC to encourage and enable the re-establishment and improvement of person-centred and creative services. Positive innovation is something to be encouraged and the CQC must not act as a barrier to this.”
Care England singled out the following key areas for the CQC to address: issues around ensuring that CQC involve people in a meaningful way; addressing inequalities within the health and social care system; the balance between safety and independence; driving improvement within commissioning practice; reflections on the move towards assessing quality continuously and the use of targeted and focused inspections; the use of technology and local relationships; and CQC engaging in a far more active and proportionate role in the improvement agenda.
Martin added: “We hope the CQC has learnt lessons from their response to the pandemic. Going forward, we must now see some tangible next steps from the CQC which looks to expound the proposals outlined within their strategy as the consultation is very light on detail and what it means for adult social care providers.”