News from the Care Quality Commission: August 2023

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Join us! Work for CQC

CQC staff have a wide range of skills and work across many disciplines.

Find out about roles within CQC, Healthwatch England and the Office of the National Guardian.

Current vacancies include:

  • Communications and Engagement Manager (Regulators Pioneer Fund)
  • Director for People with a Learning Disability and Autistic People
  • Research and Evaluation Managers
  • Commercial Category Manager

Benefits include generous leave entitlement, NHS or Nest pension schemes and a wide range of employee discounts.

Most roles offer flexible locations with the choice to be home-based. See the individual job listings for more information.


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An update on our local authority assessment pilots

We have published an update on our pilot local authority assessments.

We have asked the local authorities taking part in the pilot to give us information that we will use to understand how they are delivering their adult social care functions. The information they give will also help us see what additional evidence we might need to complete an assessment.

We also asked the 5 local authorities in the pilots to send us their self-assessment if they had completed one.

It is important that we test this process during these pilot assessments. This is to check that we’re asking for the right information and taking a proportionate approach.

We are also testing how we:

  • use feedback from providers, people receiving social care services and other stakeholders
  • can effectively involve Experts by Experience in our assessments.

We’re constantly evaluating our approach throughout the pilots. We will incorporate any learning into our formal assessments which will start later this year, rather than in September as previously planned.


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Still time to give your views on learning disability and autism training for health and social care workers

There is still time to give your views about guidance covering learning disability and autism training for people who work in health and social care.

The Oliver McGowan code of practice sets out how providers of health and social care can make sure their staff receive learning disability and autism training suitable for their role. What you tell the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) about the code of practice will help shape the final version of the code.

The code of practice is named after Oliver McGowan, whose tragic death in 2016 highlighted failures in care that could have been prevented.

We believe that it is essential that autistic people and people with a learning disability have access to safe, high-quality care. We have worked with DHSC to shape this code of practice.

The consultation is open until 19 September 2023.


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