Application for Registration

Starting a new business is a daunting prospect, not least when it is a health and social care business that is subject to a rigid system of regulation and requires registration with a national regulator. All providers of health and social care services in England are required to register with the CQC and those providing children’s social care services must register with Ofsted.

This will require a health and social care provider to complete a comprehensive application form detailing the kind of service that they wish to provide, where it will be provided and who will be the registered manager, amongst other things. The application process can be quite overwhelming particularly in respect of adult services, when a provider wants to operate from multiple locations.

At Ridouts we have wide experience in preparing a service for registration and are able to help negotiate the maze of regulation by supporting you every step of the way.

Providers of learning disability services now have the added complication of CQC’s own guidance on what such a service should look like and this has the effect of attempting to shape the market. Our team of expert lawyers are able to assist with disputes around CQC’s “Registering the Right Support” and have achieved multiple successes both in the First Tier (Care Standards) Tribunal and at the stage where the CQC might refuse an application to register such a service.

Services include:

  • Reviewing your Statement of Purpose;
  • Establishing which regulated activities/services you will be providing;
  • Consideration of any additional guidance that the regulator might require a provider to rely upon when applying for registration
  • Ensuring that your staff and premises are ready to provide the regulated activity/service;
  • Assisting with the registration of your manager;
  • Making sure that all relevant applicants have applied for the relevant CQC or Ofsted enhanced DBS checks; and
  • Reviewing the completed application before submission.
  • The process of registration can be complicated and lengthy but if a provider prepares itself thoroughly then the course will undoubtedly run more smoothly. Our team of specialist lawyers can make sure that this process is as seamless as possible.

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