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Understanding what the CQC expects from regulated providers can help you be prepared for assessment and demonstrate that you are delivering Good and Outstanding care.

Ƶ has produced a range of guidance and advice to help frontline managers and others to understand how best to prepare. This includes an introductory eLearning module, a practical checklist, and action plan.

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Whether you are awaiting your first assessment or you want to be best prepared for your next one, the checklist based on recommendations from frontline managers helps you to reflect on what you will need to evidence.

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This template can be used to document your activity and goals in preparing for assessment.


Being prepared for CQC inspection eLearning

This one-hour virtual learning module is aimed at new managers, new services and others wishing to understand the CQC assessment process.

Informed by how other services have prepared, the module looks at a step-by-step approach to involving the people you support, staff and others in sharing robust evidence. The content of this module has been updated to align with the new CQC Single Assessment Framework.

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Being prepared for CQC inspection seminar

This one-day online seminar is for services preparing for their CQC assessment. Attendees will understand successful approaches to being ready for assessment, how to prepare your staff team, and what you will be expected to evidence and how. The content of this seminar has been updated to align with the new CQC Single Assessment Framework.

Being prepared for CQC inspection seminar 


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Using the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) is a great way to manage your records all in one place. Using the training and qualifications feature, you can evidence the amount of support and training you provide to your staff and show that mandatory training is up to date.

The data we collect in ASC-WDS can also help you complete your Provider Information Return (PIR). Section four of the PIR asks about your vacancies, your staff and their qualifications. If your ASC-WDS account is up to date, you’ll be able to find all this information in one place.

ASC-WDS also gives users the option to share some of their data with CQC. If you agree, CQC use the information as part of their suite of intelligence to help inform their smarter monitoring approach. It means the CQC will have access to some information about your service prior to their assessment.