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Chelsea and Westminster now registered under new system for monitoring quality and safety of care

01 April 2010

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (Thursday 1 April) announced plans to give Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust a licence to provide services under a new, tougher system for regulating standards in the NHS.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (Thursday 1 April) announced plans to give Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust a licence to provide services under a new, tougher system for regulating standards in the NHS.

To be registered, the Trust needed to show it could meet new essential standards of quality and safety, which CQC will constantly monitor.

These standards include:

  • Treating people with respect
  • Involving people in decisions about their care
  • Keeping clinical areas clean
  • Ensuring services are safe

The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 introduced a new, single registration system that applies to both health and adult social care.

The new system will make sure that people can expect services to meet new essential standards of quality and safety that respect their dignity and protect their rights.

It is focused on outcomes, rather than systems and processes, and places the views and experiences of people who use services at its centre.

All 378 NHS trusts providing services in England are now registered with the CQC whose full legal powers come into force today. Trusts must be registered with CQC by law to provide care.

Cynthia Bower, the CQC’s Chief Executive, said: “I am pleased to announce that the CQC has completed registration of all NHS trusts in England.

“Meeting the 1 April deadline is the first step in a new, single system of regulation for health and adult social care.

“We will now be monitoring these trusts constantly, carrying out more unannounced inspections and using our tough new enforcement powers to make sure people get better care.”