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Nutrition: Standards

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request the Care Quality Commission to take account in its work of the findings of the report commissioned by the Healthcare Commission on a scoping exercise to identify priority topics for national audit on the Essence of Care, published by the Royal College of Nursing in February 2008; what the cost was of producing the report; and what steps he is taking to ensure the Care Quality Commission will incorporate the quality of nutritional care in its service reviews. (295683)

The Care Quality Commission has informed us that it has taken into account the findings of the scoping work undertaken by the Royal College of Nursing. The findings have been particularly important in considering how the Care Quality Commission will assess compliance with the new registration requirements and in the development of its reviews and studies programme.

The new registration system will mean that all providers of regulated health and adult social care services will need to register with Care Quality Commission in order to operate. Registered providers will have to comply with specific requirements for hydration and nutrition. The Care Quality Commission will be able to take appropriate action if providers are found not to be compliant. This could include undertaking inspections, issuing warning notices or suspending registration. The Care Quality Commission will issue guidance explaining how providers can meet these requirements.

The Care Quality Commission has also informed us that it will look at nutrition and hydration issues in any special reviews that it undertakes. For example, this year it is undertaking a review of health care needs in care homes and a study of stroke care pathway. The Care Quality Commission is currently considering whether it needs to undertake a special review into nutrition and hydration.

The Care Quality Commission has informed us that it is also linked in with the Royal College of Nursing on their “Nutrition now” campaign and other programmes around improving skills for workforce in this area.

The scoping exercise by the Royal College of Nursing was commissioned by the Healthcare Commission and the Care Quality Commission does not possess information on the cost of producing the report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data the Care Quality Commission plans to use to assess adherence by (a) NHS trusts, (b) care homes and (c) other regulated providers to the registration requirement entitled “Making sure people get the nourishment they need”. (295788)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has informed us that it is currently developing the methods it will use to implement the new system of registration for health and adult social care providers. It has recently consulted on its guidance about compliance and intends to publish it later this year. It will use information from a range of sources including the CQC's own site visits and information provided by third parties.