CQC’s draft Market Oversight proposals

CQC are keen to seek the views of frontline care professionals working in health or social care. Draft guidance has been published today for all adult social care providers, partners and members of the public to have their say about CQC’s proposals setting out how its Market Oversight scheme could operate.

Commenting on CQC’s draft guidance for providers, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Andrea Sutcliffe, said:

“Change in social care providers is happening all the time and can usually be well managed locally. But this may not be possible for some providers who have a lot of services across the country or provide specialist services that would be very difficult to replace.

“Introduced in the 2014 Care Act, our new scheme will combine the quality monitoring we already do at CQC with a new role of monitoring the financial sustainability of these difficult to replace providers. Our aim is to spot if a provider may be at risk of failing so that action can be taken to protect people’s continuity of care.

“That is the focus of this work, to make sure that people in vulnerable circumstances do not suffer disruption to their care and the distress this would cause them, their families and carers. The draft provider guidance sets out how we plan to deliver an effective operating model from April in more detail, including what will be expected of providers who meet the criteria.”

The deadline for comments on the draft Market Oversight guidance for providers is Friday 20 February 2015. Final guidance for providers is expected to be published by early April.

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