The new inspection regime started on 1st October 2014, but slipped under the radar of most practices because the CQC followed a confusing sequence on the consultation.

  • June 2014 - Last date for submissions to the consultation process.
  • September 2014 - Publication of Final Version of the Guidelines (Actually published on 9th October 2014)
  • 1st October 2014 - Start date for the new regime.
  • April 2015 - Changes came into effect (although the new regime had already started)

Why Registered Managers were confused:-

  1. They thought that the new regime of inspections would start AFTER the Final Guidelines were published.
  2. Most managers thought the changes come into play in April 2015 not October 2014, and they had plenty of time.
  3. Even if the CQC had met its own deadline for publication, managers had virtually no time at all to read about the changes.
  4. Even after the publication, pages on the CQC web site still carried out of date and misleading information to confuse readers.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated since original publication on the 9th to take into account new announcements made by the CQC on the same day.

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