The Care Quality Commission has published its response to the consultation on their approach to regulation, including Ratings.  This is the first major review of Ratings since they were introduced in 2016 and one that the IAA has lobbied strongly for.

Having seen Ratings extended to independent providers in July 2018, the IAA welcomes the recognition that there needs to be a more flexible and responsive approach to regulation, particularly for Ratings.

Commenting, IAA Executive Chairman Alan Howson said “We welcome CQC’s response to this consultation and look forward to the roll out of the new approach. This will mean the investment and progress made by providers in response to being rated INADEQUATE or REQUIRING IMPROVEMENT will be recognised. Equally, providers rated GOOD or OUTSTANDING will be able to channel their evidence in order to maintain their Rating.”