The CQC has updated its guidance on the regulation of services for autistic people and/or people with a learning disability.
The revised guidance outlines three key factors that CQC expects providers to consider if they are, or want to care for autistic people and/or people with a learning disability. These are: right support (the model of care and setting should maximise people’s choice, control and independence); right care (care should be person-centred and promote people’s dignity, privacy and human rights); and right culture (the ethos, values, attitudes and behaviours of leaders and care staff should ensure people using services lead confident, inclusive and empowered lives).
Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, (pictured) said: “Autistic people and people with a learning disability are as entitled to live an ordinary life as any other citizen. We expect health and social care providers to ensure autistic people and people with a learning disability have the choices, dignity, independence and good access to local communities that many people take for granted.
“Our revised guidance makes clear that safeguarding people’s human rights must be at the heart of all care provided for autistic people and/or people with a learning disability.
“We will only register and give a positive rating, to those services that can demonstrate high quality, person-centred care.”
While welcoming the revised guidance, Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, said more could have been done to demonstrate the importance of evidence in the revised approach.
Care England highlighted several key themes which it felt the guidance failed to address during the consultation process, including: size of services; commissioning; use of case studies; and how CQC applies the policy.
Martin said: “We implore CQC to adopt a greater degree of transparency with the sector as to their own approach. This will foster a dynamic process whereby providers are fully able to understand the basis upon which decisions regarding services are made.”
Kathy Roberts, chair of the Care Provider Alliance, welcomed the guidance, commenting: “We look forward to continuing to work with CQC on their approach to regulation – and we are particularly pleased to see their commitment to supporting care providers prior to requesting registration.”