Care Quality Commission: Judge, jury and executioner?

£1,695.00* Price is per group unless stated


Since April 2015 the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) has been the lead inspection and enforcement body in respect of regulated care activities. To this end it has the ability to inspect, investigate, impose sanctions and even prosecute those registered providers it considers have failed to meet fundamental standards.

Recent indications by the CQC suggest that although to date it has only prosecuted a handful of providers, it is increasingly minded to utilise the full range of enforcement powers at its disposal in holding more duty holders to account.

In light of the CQC’s extensive powers, which are equivalent to those of the Health and Safety Executive, it is important that registered providers are fully aware of the scope and extent of their responsibilities and the practical steps which they may need to take in order to avoid enforcement action.

This is especially so given that recently decided cases have demonstrated that courts are more than willing to impose six-figure plus fines against those providers who are found to be in breach. As such fines are not covered by insurance and will have to be met by a defendant’s bottom line, this is likely to adversely affect an organisation’s ability to provide care services.

This course provides care organisations with an in-depth knowledge as to the extent and purpose of the CQC’s powers, as well as practical advice as to how to minimise the potential for enforcement action during their day to day operation.



  • Role and responsibilities of the Care Quality Commission;
    • Why it was established
    • The fundamental standards
    • Inspection regime
  • Enforcement powers:
    • Civil sanctions
    • Criminal sanctions
  • Overview of recent cases/ sentences;
  • Practical steps to take to minimise the potential for investigation; and
  • Incident response.


Who should attend?

This course is aimed at those working in the care sector who may be involved in determining corporate policy, as well as those who may be involved in preparing for or responding to any regulatory intervention by the CQC. As such it is likely to appeal to:

  • Health and safety directors and managers;
  • HR professionals;
  • In-house lawyers; and
  • Operational managers and supervisors.


Available Dates:

Duration: Half Day

Location: Client Site

Bill Dunkerley

Pannone Corporate Manchester Lawyers

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