Last reviewed 12 October 2020

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revised its guidance on the regulation of services for autistic people and people with a learning disability.

The document, Registering the Right Support, has been updated with more clarity for providers who support autistic people and people with a learning disability, following feedback from people who use the services.

Right Support, Right Care, Right Culture, which is what the guidance is now called, has a stronger focus on outcomes for people, including the quality of life people are able to experience and the care they receive. The guidance makes it clear that safeguarding people's human rights must be at the heart of all care provided for autistic people and/or people with a learning disability and the CQC said it will only register and give a positive rating to those services that can demonstrate high quality, person-centred care.

The guidance sets out the following three key factors that the CQC expects providers to consider if they are caring for, or want to care for, autistic people and/or people with a learning disability.

  1. Right support: The model of care and setting should maximise people's choice, control and independence.

  2. Right care: Care should be person-centred and promote people's dignity, privacy and human rights.

  3. Right culture: The ethos, values, attitudes and behaviours of leaders and care staff should ensure people using services lead confident, inclusive and empowered lives.

CQC Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care Kate Terroni said: "Autistic people and people with a learning disability are as entitled to live an ordinary life as any other citizen. We expect health and social care providers to ensure autistic people and people with a learning disability have the choices, dignity, independence and good access to local communities that many people take for granted."

The revised guidance, Right Support, Right Care, Right Culture, is available at https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/releases/cqc-updates-guidance-regulation-services-autistic-people-andor-people-learning.