20 / 11 / 2014 2pm
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have today published guidance on the fit and proper person requirements and duty of candour which will come into force for all NHS providers from 27 November 2014 (including NHS trusts, Foundation Trusts and Special Health Authorities required to register with the CQC).
The new regulations present an opportunity for providers to evidence to the CQC that they have robust recruitment and employment processes in place when making board level appointments. It is important to stress that the requirements do not make any amendment to current employment check requirements, or the frequency by which employers are required to undertake such checks. Employers should therefore continue to obtain checks as outlined within the NHS Employment Check Standards which remain accurate and correct.
NHS Employers will continue to work closely with the CQC over the coming months to review and reflect on the impact of the new requirements to ensure that they achieve the desired impact of increasing openness and transparency for the benefit of patients.
We will also be working with key stakeholders to provide supplementary resources which will help employers meet the new regulatory requirements.
Further information and guidance on the new requirements can be found on our employment check web pages. You can also visit the CQC website for more detailed information.