Ask the Care Specialists

Welcome to our 'Ask the Care Specialists', your one-stop portal for social care-related questions. Our team of specialists will try to answer as many of your Social Care questions as possible.

As a sole provider, am I able to apply to the CQC to up my care home registration from 3 beds to 4 beds?

As a sole provider, am I able to apply to the CQC to up my care home registration from 3 beds to 4 beds?

In short, there is no reason that you cannot make an application to CQC. As numbers of people you can accommodate is a condition of your registration (seen on your registration certificate as 'The registered provider may only accommodate a maximum number of XXX service users at XXX'), you will need to apply to vary conditions of registration.

Information about the process can be found in Applying to remove or vary conditions of Registration.

Remember that CQC will thoroughly assess your application and supporting information to make sure you are meeting the regulations for that extra bed. Section 12-15 of the guidance above is particularly helpful in what you can expect through the process.

Abi Spence

Registration and Inspection Specialist

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. Read more

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Please note that our specialists cannot offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC. If your query relates to someone who is at risk of harm or in danger you must follow your local safeguarding procedures.

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