On Monday 9th May the Care Quality Commission (CQC) commenced consultation on plans for a new excellence award scheme for adult social care services in England.As we have previously reported, the award is scheduled to be launched in April 2012. The purpose of the award is to recognise those services that are providing the very best social care. Eligible services will be delivered by third party organisations, licensed by the Care Quality Commission.
In order to develop this award scheme, the CQC have been working with representatives of the sector, including the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and people who use services, to ensure that the scheme is as robust and successful as possible.
The consultation on this excellence award scheme asks for feedback on the definition of excellence developed by SCIE and on a range of aspects regarding how the scheme should work.