As you prepare to launch and manage a new home care agency, one of the most important jobs is getting your CQC registration.
CQC registration is a mandatory legal requirement, but it also sets out a clear process to make sure you are fully prepared to deliver an excellent service. The application process takes some time, so plan ahead to make sure it’s complete before you start to provide care. Keep reading to discover the CQC application process, legal requirements and expectations.
You must be able to show that all registered managers are competent and qualified for the role. The CQC will ask to see written proof of qualifications and further training, including safeguarding, mental capacity, consent, and medication management. Additional supporting evidence could include references from past employers and documented relevant experience. Managers will also need a DBS check countersigned by the CQC, which can take up to 8 weeks to obtain.
Even though you’ll deliver domiciliary care in people’s homes, you still need to show the CQC that your office base is suitable for managing the service. The space must meet health and safety requirements to keep staff safe, and you need to be able to store records securely to maintain client confidentiality.
The CQC needs to know that you have the funds to provide ongoing care for your clients. Prove financial viability with a statement letter from an accountant, bank, or service listed with the Financial Conduct Authority. Read more about the information to include in your statement letter here.
Your statement of purpose must include the details of your business, aims and objectives, details of registered managers, and where you intend to provide care. It’s important to get your statement of purpose right - incomplete information will hold up your application.