The Health and Care Act 2022 puts the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) assurance of local authorities on a statutory footing. The new duty on the CQC to assess local authorities’ delivery of their adult social care (ASC) duties under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 came into effect on 1 April 2023. Linked to this new duty is a power for the Secretary of State to intervene where, following assessment under the new duty, it is considered that a local authority is failing to meet their duties.
In March 2023, the CQC published the draft assessment framework. Five end to end pilots of the assessment process took place between July and early September 2023 in Lincolnshire, Nottingham City, Birmingham, North Lincolnshire and Suffolk councils.Their reports and indicative ratings were published on 24th November 2023. CQC have undertaken an evaluation of the pilot process and we await their findings and final sign off from the Minister for the framework.
It is intended that all local authorities will be inspected over the next two years and the current plans are that the first tranche of 20 councils will be informed in December and on-site work to commence in February 2024 with a target completion date of 31 March 2024.
In August 2023, the Department for Health and Social Care published its framework for adult social care (ASC) intervention in local authorities. We will be developing the intervention support offer with our partners and this will be an iterative process as we intervention support offer with our partners and this will be an iterative process as we move through the first tranche of 20 councils. Please contact your regional CHIA for further information.
Support programme for PSWs with CQC assessment
14 December 2023, 10.30am – 12.00pm | Webinar
In this follow up webinar for PSWs we will give an update on the CQC process, launch a new Tool for PSWs and introduce our support offer going forward. This event has been developed in collaboration with the National Adult Principal Social Worker Network.
ASC assurance and post-inspection peer and consultant support one day residential training (fully funded)
Due to high demand we are offering a third free residential peer and consultant training events for adult social care assurance and post-inspection in January. The aim of this event is to refresh the skills of our existing peer pool and bank of experienced consultants and to equip them to support councils in the new context. We also encourage new recruits with good communication skills and understanding of adult social care to apply. The training event includes a pre-night dinner and accommodation.
25 January 2024 | Warwick Conference Centre (Scarman House)
Places are limited on the training days. Please email [email protected] to secure your place.
Developing support offers
- Adult social care assurance: the communications response: The event on 5 December is now full. This event will launch further communications support including three planned webinars in January and February 2024 aimed at elected members, chief executives, directors of adult social care and communications leads. A communications toolkit will also be available.
Documents and tools to support councils with implementation
We’ve produced a suite of documents and tools to help councils with the implementation of the CQC's new framework.
- Adult social care assurance: A guide to the development of your adult social care assessment - this guide is designed to support councils as they prepare for CQC assessment. It is comprised of two parts. The first part provides an introduction and overview of self-assessment. While the second part is a workbook providing tools and templates which have been developed to support the self-assessment process.
- presentations from our webinar - Role of the Principal Social Worker, 8 November 2023
- Toolkit to support councils to prepare for CQC assessment as it relates to unpaid carers
- ten things to do now to prepare for CQC assurance around unpaid carers - this is a quick checklist focusing on local authority duties towards unpaid carers.
- presentations from our webinar - Adult social care assurance: learning from the CQC pilots and the elected member perspective, 17 October 2023
- a range of resources, events, and support is available to portfolio holders or lead members for adult social care to help them with their roles.