The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is inviting people to give their views on its plans to deliver a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation across health and adult social care in England.

Having carried out a comprehensive inspection of every NHS trust in England at least once, CQC has a more detailed understanding of the quality of NHS care than ever before. The quality regulator plans to use that understanding, together with improved systems for gathering intelligence, to move towards smaller and more targeted inspections for NHS trusts, while still being focused on what matters most to patients – whether services are safe, caring, effective, responsive to their needs and well-led. These inspections will be based on inspection findings and ratings, as well as wider intelligence about the quality of care gathered through improved monitoring activity.

The proposals, published today (Tuesday 20 December), describe how CQC intends to develop its ‘next phase’ of regulation for all health and adult social care services, with a particular focus at this stage to the way it will monitor, inspect, rate and report on NHS trusts and adapt its approach in response to emerging new care models.

CQC plans to work with changing care models as they develop, and ensure close alignment with other regulators to minimise unnecessary burden for providers.

CQC’s inspections have shown that good leadership is critical in ensuring that people receive safe and high-quality quality care and in driving improvement. With this in mind, CQC plans to carry out an assessment focused the trust’s leadership.

As well as this, CQC intends to carry out an unannounced inspection of at least one ‘core service’ (such as urgent and emergency or child and adolescent mental health wards) of a NHS trust. The core services inspected will be chosen based on previous inspection findings and ratings, as well as wider intelligence that indicate either risk or improvement.

Also, CQC’s consultation outlines proposals to strengthen and simplify the assessment frameworks and ‘key lines of enquiry’ across health and adult social care, which inform its judgements. This will make it easier for providers to know what is expected of them and to allow greater consistency in how quality is measured.

To take part and have your say, please follow this link