Supported Living CQC guidance

Covering the issue of compliance in the Supported Living specification we said; ‘Depending on the content of a client’s support plan, activities being purchased under this Devon County Council specification may or may not fall into the category of regulated activities listed in Schedule 1 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010. However, wherever the shared hours element of activities for any client do fall into any category of Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulation, Devon County Council will require the provider to be registered with CQC and to be compliant with the appropriate standards’.

For most of you this will not involve any change in what you’d have already understood to be the requirements – which is that any provider who carries on a regulated activity needs to register.

There are now two additional pieces of recent CQC guidance which may affect the type of registration that could apply to services you deliver. It is important to read this guidance, and consider how you think this might impact on any current services you deliver – and what it might mean for any future developments you have in mind.

  1. Registering the right support: CQC’s policy on registration and variations to registration for providers supporting people with learning disabilities
  2. Housing with care: Guidance on regulated activities for providers of supported living and
    extra care housing

As we work over the following months to develop a contractual arrangement to replace the current interim contract we are using to roll out Supported Living Agreements, we’ll be looking to reflect the requirements of this guidance in whatever final contract we arrive at.

There will be further formal engagement opportunities arranged to discuss this in more detail and notices will be posted on the PEN website.