Consultation on inspection later this month

    The long-awaited review of the national minimum standards for
    adult services will take place in three stages, starting with a
    consultation later this month on the frequency of inspection,
    writes Mithran Samuel.

    The first phase, designed to allow the Commission for Social
    Care Inspection to focus inspection on poor-performing services, is
    expected to be implemented in April 2006.

    This will be followed by reforms to the content of the
    standards, which will be consulted on next year, to come into force
    in April 2007.

    The final phase will look at the structure of the standards, for
    instance the division between regulations for older people and
    younger adults, as part of a wider review of health and social care
    regulation.

    The timetable was included in a report to CSCI’s board
    meeting, due to take place today.

    CSCI is still awaiting a decision from the Department for
    Education and Skills on the future of the national minimum
    standards for children’s services.

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