Do we still need a nominated individual? | QCS

Hi Sheila,
If in scenario when applying to register as a new provider and they apply to have two Registered Managers, would CQC still require a nominated individual? Or would it be acceptable that the Company (directors & partners) as a whole are responsible for running the service?
Thanks D

Sheila Scott
Answered by Sheila Scott


Dear D,


If you refer to Regulation 6: Requirement where the service provider is a body other than a partnership; Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 which you can find on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website: you will see that the registration of someone to be the nominated individual is quite different to the registration of a manager.


In my opinion having two Registered Managers would make no difference.


The nominated individual, as you can see, must be able to demonstrate that he or she:

  • Is of good character;
  • Can properly perform tasks that are intrinsic to their role;
  • Has the necessary qualifications, competence, skills and experience to supervise the management of the regulated activity;
  • Has supplied them with documents that confirm their suitability.


The nominated individual will need to have an understanding of the Key Lines of Enquiry and particularly the Well-led section:

The nominated individual should regularly record their findings of visits.


You can have more than one nominated individual.


There is a very useful handbook on the Skills for Care website for nominated individuals.:


I hope this is helpful.


Best wishes.




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