The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced a new COVID-19 registration framework to support providers to be reactive during the outbreak.
The CQC website states that a COVID-19 registration is any application from a health or social care provider which:
- Intends to deliver services which provide additional health and social care capacity in an area.
- Contributes to the control of the outbreak of coronavirus or the treatment of people who have contracted the illness.
For existing social care services that might want to make a change to their registration, for example to increase capacity or to add a location, the regulator has set out the process that needs to be followed. CQC states that, when assessing these applications, it will look at management and response to COVID-19 against safe and well-led, and that any changes may be treated as conditions to registration for the duration of interim arrangements.
In many urgent cases, CQC has said that a provider can increase its capacity as soon as the regulator is notified and CQC can run the registration process at the same time as the provider makes the requested changes.