New Care Quality Commission
New Care Quality Commission must focus on delivering the care workforce of the future, says REC
April 1st saw the launch of the Care Quality Commission, which brings together the work of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission, creating for the first time an independent regulator of health, mental health and adult social care in England. The CQC will be responsible for registering and reviewing health, adult social care and mental health services.
Commenting on the new Commission, Peter Cullimore, Chairman of REC Nursing and Social Care, said: The creation of the Care Quality Commission is an opportunity to focus on how we develop, evaluate and professionalise the care workforce for the future. Specialised recruitment agencies in the care sector will have a crucial role to play within this context.
The integration of the three Commissions under the auspices of the CQC must lead to greater consistency in healthcare regulation and policy and provide the framework for better care across the board.
A representative from the CQC will be our guest speaker at the REC Nursing and Social Care meeting on 28th April. This will provide an invaluable opportunity for members to get a comprehensive overview of the Commission's role and to ask questions about the powers and responsibilities of the new Commission, as well as its interaction with other key stakeholders.
The REC Nursing and Social Care sector group represents specialised recruitment agencies in this field and has been in regular dialogue with organisations such as CSCI, the Department of Health and GSCC.