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04th September 2020

What does the Statement of Purpose mean by ‘places where services are provided’?

What does it means the places where services are provided in a statement of purpose for domiciliary care ? Can you please help me with this, please?

Dear G, Thank you for your query. If you have a look at the guidance CQC have published on their website about the Statement of Purpose, it explains the following that a  location is a place in which, or from which, regulated activities are provided or managed. Once you are registered you may only provide and manage services at or from the locations specified in the conditions of your registration. As a general guide, in our definition of a location, we count each place where people may be admitted (for example, as an inpatient or as a resident) or treated (for example, a walk-in centre or a primary dental practice) as a location if the regulated activities provided in these places are managed independently. Where regulated activities are provided and managed as one service but are carried out in several different premises, however, the place from which the regulated activities are 'carried on' or managed is counted as the only location. For other services, such as mobile or visiting services, we need the location as either:

  • the head office
  • a regional office or area base from which day-to-day management of the regulated activities is directed.

If you provide regulated activities in or from more than one location, you will need to include details of all of these in your registration application. This includes which activities are provided at or from each location. It is important to be clear about your locations because, in your registration application, you will need to make a declaration about your compliance with the fundamental standards for each regulated activity at each location. Once you are registered, as far as possible, we will aim to monitor your compliance with the fundamental standards at each location. If you want to read the information yourself, you can find it here. If you aren’t clear about your location you can contact CQC for advice. I hope this helps.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.


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