What Is the Assessment Framework?
In very simple terms, it is the framework that the CQC uses to judge and assess healthcare services.
At present, the CQC's starting point is that they will ask five key questions about the overall service, are they:
There are 11 assessment frameworks applicable to different types of healthcare services, which break down the above questions into Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOEs). Many services refer to the relevant sets of KLOEs when preparing for an inspection.
Why Is the Assessment Framework Being Changed?
In late 2016/early 2017, the CQC carried out its 'Next Phase' consultation, during which the CQC sought feedback to help develop its regulatory approach to reflect the priorities set out in its five year strategy.
The consultation was carried out, in particular, to address its aim of providing more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation, so that more people get high-quality care, ensure it was adapting appropriately in response to the new models of care being developed, and greater use of technology.
What Are the Key Changes?
The CQC is reducing its 11 assessment frameworks to just two, as follows:
If you provide more than one type of service, this reduction in the number of assessment frameworks should be welcome, and should reduce the complexity of preparing for inspections.
The CQC has introduced new, strengthened and enhanced existing themes, as follows:
The above themes are reflected in the amended KLOE, found in the two new assessment frameworks.
The themes echo the changing sector landscape and follow on from ideas introduced in the Five Year Forward View. For example, the embracing of technology in the care environment which is designed with longevity in mind.
What Are the Implementation Dates?
The new assessment frameworks have been published and implementation dates are as follows:
How Can VWV Help?
We have a team of over 30 healthcare specialist lawyers with expertise in interpreting and challenging CQC requirements. Please contact us if you need assistance with initial CQC registration, changes to your registration, understanding or challenging CQC requirements or enforcement action.