“Having used ResiData I would not choose to go back to hand written records. The daily online / telephone support from Resisystems is excellent.”

Gearing up for registration

Prompting and supervision

“Prompting and supervision” occurs where staff need to prompt and directly supervise a person when they are carrying out the activities outlined above. Supervision will normally include direct observation of the action as it is carried out or otherwise checking on how it is carried out, but will not normally include merely encouraging someone to perform the activity, or checking at some point afterwards on whether it has been done.

How do I decide if I need to register or not?

CQC’s Scope of registration document, which can be found on www.cqc.org.uk/newinscope, Section 3 on page 13 contains an essential flowchart about prompting and supervision and further defines personal care.

If this does not answer your queries you can contact CQC at their National Contact Centre on 03000 616161 or email enquiries@cqc.org.uk

Registration application process

The application process for providers currently registered under the Care Standards Act 2000 is open from April to September. CQC will be asking these providers to make their registration applications within a specified 28 day ‘application window’ during this period.

Those providers that are coming into registration for the first time under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 are advised to submit an application on or before 1 August 2010. If an application is received after this date, it will be processed. However, there is no guarantee it will be completed by 1 October 2010. This means that late applicants may not be registered by 1 October and if they continue to provide services, they will be doing so illegally.

Registration fee

You will not be required to pay a fee for registration if you apply before 1 October 2010. For applications received after that date, a registration fee will be payable.

CQC has recently launched a consultation on its proposals for the types and amounts of fees it will be charging independent healthcare and adult social providers during the period ¬from 1 October 2010 to 31 March 2011. It is important that you are aware of these proposals and the potential impact on your service should you be required to be registered under the Act from 1 October 2010.

We encourage you to respond to the consultation by 16 June 2010

at www.cqc.org.uk/getinvolved/consultations.cfm.

More information

To keep up to date with the latest information from CQC about registration you can visit their website at www.cqc.org.uk/newinscope. You can also:

  • Sign up to CQC’s monthly e-update for health and social care professionals at www.cqc.org.uk/newsandevents/newsletter.cfm
  • Join CQC’s online reference group, an online community that offers you the opportunity to engage with CQC’s work through a variety of methods including surveys, discussion forums and polls. To sign up send an email with your contact details to cqc@nunwood.com

1. Berger, D,. 2010, “Regulating Care”, Sitra bulletin, April, issue 233, p 8.

Sitra events

Does the new, wider definition of personal care affect your service? Does your service carry out prompting and supervision?

Sitra will be running half-day seminars for commissioners and providers of support services on the implications of the extended definition of personal care and regulated activities.

If you would like to register an interest in an event in your region, contact Sarah Kerridge by email sarahk@sitra.org

Leave a Comment