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As an independent carer, how do I become CQC registered?

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Answered by Abi Spence

To enable you to be registered with CQC you need to be a provider of care.  This means as an individual, company or other legal entity, you are delivering care and are managing that care. If your clients are managing the care, then you would be acting as a Personal Assistant and exempt from registering. For more information, there are two documents which will be helpful to you.  The scope of registration and this document

If you do decide to become a provider as an individual, I am presuming you will undertake personal care as the regulated activity. You should follow the guidance set out by CQC that you can find on this page (paying attention particular to number 4). There are lots of things you must have in place, which you will find through the link provided including policies, procedures and insurance to name just a few. Do remember that if you change to managing the regulated activity, it is important that you do not do this until you are registered as otherwise you will be providing a service unlawfully.

About Abi Spence

Abi has worked for and with Government agencies relevant to social care for the past 12+ years. Primarily with the Department of Health, Social Services Inspectorate, Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and since its inception the Care Quality Commission (CQC). As part of this long involvement Abi has developed a wide and detailed understanding of relevant issues and has worked closely with stakeholders such as people that use services, carers, providers, local government, the Department of Health, Ofsted and the Audit Commission.
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