We have responded to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) second consultation asking for views on how their regulatory approach should be developed to reflect the priorities set out in their five year strategy.
We have welcomed many of the proposals and principles which go some way towards dealing with the concerns we raised in our response to the first consultation. However we have also recognised that there is more to be done and so have called on CQC to:
- Engage with CCGs via primary care commissioning leads to understand the variability that exists in primary medical services inspection and assessments to deliver a more robust and consistent process in the future.
- Ensure that CCGs and NHSCC are involved in the development of the new regulatory regime, that information is shared effectively with commissioners and that consideration is made of the value of local information to inform inspections.
- Ensure where a single CQC relationship holder is identified for a complex provider, this relationship should also involve the local CCG and Local Authority where applicable.
- Work with commissioners, NHS England and NHS Improvement to ensure that where issues are identified the response and provision of support is coherent and benefits rather than burdens the organisations.
- Consider, with NHS England, how oversight for quality in a local area can be maintained within future commissioning and operational models.
- Continue to work to reduce the burden of the inspection process upon the system as a whole and deliver increasingly efficient processes that can contribute to overall NHS savings by 2020/21.
Our response has been informed by views from across our membership, in particular our board, the NHSCC Nurses Forum and CCG directors of primary care commissioning.
Download the consultation response below. You can also read our response to the CQC’s first consultation on their next phase of regulation.
8 August 2017