Role of D.H.S.C. in relation to the Care Quality Commission (C.Q.C.)

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
The Department of Health and Social Care(D.H.S.C.) is described as a Ministerial Department that "is responsible for health and social care in England. The Department provides strategic leadership to the N.H.S. and social care in England". Please answer the following Freedom Of Information Act questions regarding the role of the D.H.S.C. in managing, supervising and providing strategic leadership to the Care Quality Commission (C.Q.C.):-
1. Does the D.H.S.C. oversee the Care Quality Commission (C.Q.C.)? If so, how does it do this?
2. Is the D.H.S.C. responsible for the actions of the C.Q.C.?
3. Does the D.H.S.C. fund the C.Q.C.?
4. Does the D.H.S.C. take responsibility for the decisions, actions and resources of the D.H.S.C?

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1250135


Dear Mr Heale,
Thank you for your correspondence of 19 August about the Care Quality
Commission (CQC). I have been asked to reply and I apologise for the
delayed response.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.


All providers of regulated activities in England must be registered with
the Care CQC and meet the 16 essential requirements of safety and
quality.  The CQC has a key responsibility in the overall assurance of
essential levels of safety and quality of health and adult social care


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all
health and adult care providers in England.  All providers of regulated
activities, including NHS and independent providers, must register with
the CQC and meet a set of requirements governing the safety and quality of
services.  These requirements include areas such as cleanliness and
infection control, the management of medicines, safety, the availability
and suitability of equipment, respecting and involving service users, and
ensuring that there are sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, skilled
and experienced people employed by providers.


I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
Anthony Moses
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care


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