CQC makes further changes to their registration process
As part of their bid to streamline their registration process, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has made a number of changes to this process – all now published on their website.
These changes include;
– Once more, they have changed all of their application forms
– They have relaxed their rules about CRBs, which means that they will now accept CRBs that are up to 6 months old
– References will no longer be required as standard; they will only be required when an individual is considered ‘high risk’
– An organisations ‘nominated individual’ will no longer need to have a CRB check completed and will no longer need to ascertain references
Whilst guidance on GP registration is still eagerly awaited, all other healthcare providers including acute hospitals, independent service providers, out of hours services, walk-in centres and care homes must ensure that they are registered with the CQC or are in the process of registering with the CQC in order to legally operate.