CQC has published its response to a recent consultation on changes for more flexible and responsive regulation, which followed its main strategy consultation earlier in January 2021. CQC received 566 responses, with broad overall support for its proposals. This included strong support for using a wider range of regulatory approaches to assess quality; and reviewing and updating ratings more flexibly.
Three key areas of concern or query were: whether fewer on-site inspections could undermine the importance of seeing care being delivered and how it informs judgements about the quality of care; the reliability and availability of data which will be used to change a rating, and how it will be collected; and the potential for a simpler ratings process for GP practices and NHS trusts to result in a loss of detailed information.
You can read the full response here: Responding to our consultation: Changes for more flexible and responsive regulation | Care Quality Commission (cqc.org.uk)