The CQC has outlined how it intends to regulate during the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of 6 October, the CQC will roll out its transitional regulatory approach, starting with adult social care and dental services.
The CQC said that inspection activity would be “more targeted and focused” where concerns are raised, adding there would be no return to a routine programme of planned inspections.
“The pandemic means that we cannot return to our fixed timetable or frequency rules on inspecting and, given the pressures on providers and the risk of spreading infection, it is unlikely we will return to our published frequency in the near future,” the statement read.
The CQC added that inspections may not always cover all of its five key questions and, as a result may not always lead to a change in rating.
Additionally, the regulator added that it would only be able to re-rate services in a limited number of cases.
The report examines the way services across 11 different areas have collaborated in response to COVID-19 and focuses on infection prevention and control in health and care settings.
It also provides an update on the CQC’s Provider Collaboration Reviews which focus on the interface between health and social care.