Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.
According to CQC their role is to “make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care”.
CQC inspect, monitor and regulate services and within social care this includes care homes, community based services, and services offering care in the home.
The CQC website has a section providing guidance for providers, which outlines how providers and managers can meet CQC regulations, and a section specifically on the regulation of adult social care.
In March 2015, CQC published their methodology behind their new inspection model. You can read their document “A fresh start for the regulation and inspection of adult social care” (CQC, 2013) here.
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