The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator for all health and social care services in England, whether they are provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations. The CQC also protects the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act. It looks at the joined up picture of health and social care and aims to ensure better care for everyone in hospital, in a care home and at home. The CQC's remit is defined by the Health and Social Care Act (HSCA) 2008 and their job is to check whether hospitals, care homes, GPs, dentists and services in your home are meeting national standards.
The CQC is responsible for inspecting and registering residential care homes in Sheffield for older people, young people, adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems, people with alcohol or drug problems, whether privately owned, local authority owned, run by a voluntary society or by a Trust such as Sheffcare. Now also inspect, register and regulate all GP services.
The CQC also regulates and inspects the Health Service. Annual inspection reports are available on-line at www.cqc.org.uk and at care homes on request. It also registers domicilary care agencies and nurse agencies.
The CQC covers Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster. Has a range of legal powers and duties which include: registering providers of health care and social care; monitoring how providers comply with the standards; using enforcement powers; acting to protect patients whose rights are restricted; promoting improvement in services; carrying out special reviews; seeking the views of people who use services and telling people about the quality of their local care services.