CQC’s ‘six-bed rule’

Many care providers have criticized the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for a recent policy. The guidance to limit registration of learning disability services to housing for six people or less has not been received positively.

Learning disability services should be judged on the merits of what can be achieved not just size, say care providers. They argue the care watchdog’s ‘six-bed rule’ will reduce the public’s choice of care services. Furthermore there is a concern that this could put more strain on hospitals.

The new Draft CQC guidance has recently come into play, furthermore, they have laid out the rules for providers. Providers who want to register new services for people with learning disabilities, must ‘adopt an understanding that small-scale housing normally means housing for six or fewer people – as outlined in guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).’

The CQC guidance was published for consultation on 20 December, with the consultation period ending on 14 February. It is a revised draft of policy published in the CQC’s ‘Registering the Right Support’ document early last year.

In response, Care England, which represents independent care providers, said: ‘There is a strong feeling amongst providers that whilst the NICE guidance has been in place since 2012, it is aimed at people on the autism spectrum and is advisory.

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