The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has outlined new guidance to help health and adult social care providers meet quality and safety standards, and avoid medical compensation claims.
In response to a new registration system which comes into force for NHS trusts on April 1st and for adult social care and independent healthcare providers on October 1st, the body has produced documents giving a summary of the regulations, outlining the essential standards and covering the judgment framework that will be used to assess compliance.
"CQC will continuously monitor compliance with essential standards as part of a more dynamic, responsive, robust system of regulation accompanied by new enforcement powers," the organisation added.
The group went on to say that its guidance is focused on the experiences people have as a result of the care they receive – rather than on systems and processes.
Last week, a pensioner left severely brain-damaged after undergoing an operation at Epsom General Hospital received a seven-figure injury compensation payout from the local NHS trust.