Care England, the representative body for many independent providers of adult social care, has responded to CQC’s latest consultation on its next phase of regulation – Annexe B on LD services – warning that services should be registered on the prospective outcomes that they will achieve for people not simply on their size. Other factors need to be taken into account to assess whether those outcomes will be of the quality necessary to support registration.
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“Care England supports CQC’s drive to improve the way that care is given post Winterbourne. We are concerned that the real life application of the current guidance that states that CQC will only register units of 6 beds or fewer will not offer genuine choice. The ‘six bed rule’ seems to be the primary, and in some cases, the only factor in deciding if registration will be granted. This is contrary to the need to look at a range of factors to determine what is suitable for people living in the community and will work counter to the establishment of suitable settings in the community and thus make hospital care more, not less likely, because such services will not, as a result of the policy, be set up at all”.