The CQC and Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have agreed to work together to safeguard the wellbeing and rights of people receiving health and social care in England.
The partners have published a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement setting out key areas in which they will co-operate, including:
equality and human rights policy issues arising from COVID-19;
working together to protect the human rights of those people in health and social care settings who have for a long time been most at risk of rights breaches, including work on closed cultures and on reform of the Mental Health Act;
and collaborating for better leadership on equality for staff working in NHS and social care.
The agreement involves taking co-ordinated regulated action to improve equality for either people using services or for staff working in health and social care.
Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive of CQC, (pictured) said: “This agreement will ensure CQC and EHRC continue to work well together as we have been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The MoU sets out how we will share knowledge and expertise in a number of important areas including protecting people most at risk of having their human rights breached and addressing issues of equality in health and social care.”
For more information on these areas of focus, read Professor Ted Baker’s blog on equality and human rights in health and social care.
This MoU does not override the statutory responsibilities and functions of CQC and EHRC and is not enforceable in law.
However, CQC and the EHRC are committed to working in ways that are consistent with the principles of this MoU.