Recognising the increased pressure on health and social care at present, CQC have announced that, for the time being, they 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.
What this means for providers of health and social care is that CQC will only undertake inspection activity that either helps create capacity to respond to COVID-19 or that responds to significant risk of harm to the public.
CQC have gone on to explain that: for adult social care services, in addition to undertaking inspection activity where there is a clear risk to safety, they will:
- continue to undertake infection, prevention and control (IPC) inspections in care homes to ensure people are receiving safe care;
- rapidly inspect potential designated sites so that people who have COVID-19 can be discharged from hospital in a timely way, freeing up capacity in the system; and
- inspect services where there is an ability to award a new rating, supporting local authorities to commission care where needed.
More information can be found here.