Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Produced in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane and Neil Grant of Gordon's Solicitors
Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane and Neil Grant of Gordon's Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • What is the CQC?
  • The CQC’s legal framework
  • The CQC’s objectives
  • The CQC’s functions
  • Registration functions
  • Review and investigation functions
  • Functions under the MeHA 1983
  • Inspections
  • Enforcement powers
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other measures, makes provision to introduce changes to the Care Act 2014 duties on local authorities when needed during management of the pandemic. For details, see News Analysis: The Coronavirus Act 2020 and its impact on social care provision. It further amends mental health and capacity legislation together with making changes to hospital discharge legislation, see News Analysis: Coronavirus (COVID-19) legislation—Changes to Mental health provisions. The CQC has announced revised guidance for providers together with suspension of routine inspections. For further information, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social care tracker and Coronavirus (COVID-19)—healthcare tracker.

This Practice Note sets out the role, powers and functions of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

What is the CQC?

The CQC is a non-departmental statutory body, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care, responsible for regulating health and social care services in England, as well as protecting the interests of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MeHA 1983).

The CQC’s legal framework

The CQC was established by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (HSCA 2008) and came into force in 2009. This dissolved and merged the functions of the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (which was popularly known as the Healthcare Commission), the Commission for Social Care Inspection

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