The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 and the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009 set out the statutory landscape for the regulation of providers of health and social care in England.

Essentially the quality and safety of such care is assessed through a system of registration and continuous monitoring of providers by an independent body, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Through this process the public and patients are able to understand what standards of quality and safety can be expected of services providing health and social care. The standards focus on five key areas: safety, effectiveness, caring, well-led and responsive to people’s needs.

The system involves the initial registration of providers to deliver regulated activities under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, monitoring through self assessment by the providers and examination of collateral information gathered about the services by others and short, focused visits involving direct observation of care.

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