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CQC clarifies regulatory approach during COVID-19

Only significant risk situations will be inspected

January 14th 2021

Tagged: England CQC

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The CQC has confirmed that it will continue to only undertake inspection activity in response to a serious risk of harm or where it supports the system’s response to the pandemic.

In an update on its regulatory approach during COVD-19, the regulator for England says that for primary medical services, in addition to undertaking inspection activity where there is a clear risk to safety, inspections will take place in the following circumstances:

  • only inspect in response to significant risk of harm (safety or human rights) – including concerns raised by people working in services and people using them – and when we cannot seek assurances through other routes. If an inspection is necessary (subject to review by the chief inspector), as much activity off-site as possible will be carried out off-site
  • continue to work jointly with Ofsted to inspect SEND services.

Other areas of ongoing CQC activity include:

  • priority registration applications that support the system’s response to COVID-19
  • monitoring and review the application of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Providers are asked to put plans in place to mitigate challenges around staffing and availability of clinical resources, in line with national guidance

Support for providers includes:

The CQC is currently consulting on its future strategy.