RCoA response to CQC's third consultation on the Next Phase of Regulation

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has responded to the Care Quality Commission Consultation third Our next phase of regulation A more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach - Independent healthcare

As independent healthcare providers increasingly play a role in providing NHS services, it is paramount that they operate to parity with the high standards of care expected of all NHS providers. This is particularly true for independent acute hospitals, and, as the single largest hospital specialty in the UK, our response mainly focuses on acute care providers. 

A summary of the key points of our response is provided below:

  • we support the proposals in this phase three consultation for the alignment of standards between independent and NHS acute hospitals across all levels, including collection of data, adherence to reporting and learning systems and prevention of serious incidents
  • CQC should ensure that its inspection methodology is able to accommodate pathways that intersect through both NHS and independent providers.  This is particularly important in the development of perioperative care pathways
  • we strongly support the proposal for the CQC to utilise information from accreditation schemes to save time and resources, especially when a service has gained a CQC recognised accreditation award, such as the RCoA’s Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA).

You can view the full response here

29 March 2018