CSCI responds to consultation on new social care and health super-regulator

The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), the regulator for social care in England, has today responded to the Government’s consultation document, “The future regulation of health and adult social care in England”.

Dame Denise Platt, Chair of the Commission, said:
 
"This document is an important statement of the way in which the Government sees the evolution of social care and health regulation.  

“In our response today we have pointed out that the proposed new ‘super-regulator’ will have a very broad sweep of functions, including inspecting and assessing the quality of over 30,000 care and health services - these services employ 2.9 million people across the public, private and voluntary sectors. 

“It is critical that the range of social care functions of the new organisation is not diminished and that the new regulator continues to put the needs of people who use such services at the heart of everything it does.  We therefore strongly welcome the proposal that CSCI’s current range of functions and sector-wide view of adult social care carry forward into the new regulator. 

“In addition, we are pleased to note the proposal that the new regulator should provide an independent assessment of the quality of commissioning.  Strong and effective commissioning in social care and health will secure high quality services for the benefit of people who use services, and we know that information that enables people to compare services is a powerful lever for improvement.

“CSCI also welcomes the recognition that there are significant differences between social care and health care. The regulatory approach to each sector needs to reflect the particular features and characteristics of that sector. CSCI supports a coherent - rather than a uniform - regulatory system across health and social care.”

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

  1. CSCI’s response to the Government’s Consultation document, “The future regulation of health and adult social care in England” can be found at www.csci.org.uk <http://www.csci.org.uk>.
  2. 2004-05 figures show that approximately 1.7 million adults were using services provided by councils.  The new super-regulator’s remit will be to inspect and assess the quality of over 30,000 care and health services accounting for £105 billion of public expenditure - a sector employing 2.9 million people.
  3. The CSCI is the single inspectorate for social care in England, responsible for regulating and inspecting all social care providers - whether in the public or independent sector, and for assessing the performance of local councils in delivering their personal social services functions.
  4. The Commission’s primary aim is to improve social care by putting the needs of people who use care services first.
  5. The Commission is chaired by Dame Denise Platt DBE and has five Commissioners. The Chief Inspector is Paul Snell. CSCI staff work across nine regions in England - aligned with the government offices of the regions.

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