From 1 April 2015 it will be a legal requirement for healthcare providers to display their CQC performance ratings. They will need to be displayed at their premises where they are clearly visible to the public such as in a waiting room, and also on their websites.
This is intended to provide service users and the public with a clear statement about the quality and safety of care provided. It is also intended to be an incentive for healthcare providers to improve services. The ratings range from “outstanding” and “good” to “requires improvements” or “is inadequate”. Draft regulations are currently before Parliament introducing the new requirement.
The CQC is currently reviewing its recently published draft guidance to ensure it is clear to providers what they need to do to comply with the new regulations, as well as providing templates that can be used to display the ratings.
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