CQC Consultation – Inspection of care services in England

The inspectorate for healthcare and social care began consultation on proposals to change the way in which care services in England were regulated, inspected, and rated.

Proposals included: the introduction of new methods of inspection, with Chief Inspectors and more specialist teams to include members of the public; a new system to help decide when, where and what to inspect; and listening to people’s experiences of care.

Future assessments would be based on five key questions, asking whether services were safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led.

The consultation would close on 4 June 2014.