The CQC has updated its statutory guidance on compliance with Regulation 18 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This reflects a change in law, as of today (1 July 2022), that requires all health and social care providers registered with the CQC to ensure their staff have received training in how to interact appropriately with people with a learning disability and autistic people, at a level appropriate to their role.
The change in law has been introduced through the Health and Care Act 2022. The government will be consulting on and publishing a Code of Practice in due course, however publication may take over 12 months.
From today, all registered providers should be ensuring they include this training as part of their mandatory training. The CQC has said it will be checking whether appropriate training has been provided through inspections moving forwards. A failure to provide training in line with the new law could be considered a regulatory breach which can lead to decreased ratings and could contribute to a decision by the CQC to take enforcement action.