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Social Care: Inspectors

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many social care inspectors there are; and how they are distributed around the country. [HL3454]

Inspection of adult social care providers is now the responsibility of the new independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission, which took over from the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission on 1 April 2009.

I am informed by the Care Quality Commission that the number of social care inspectors it employs is as shown in the table below.

Social care inspectors employed by the Care Quality Commission

Location

Position

Total

West Midlands

Pharmacy Inspector

3

Regulatory Inspector

89

Service Inspector

1

Total

93

South-West

Pharmacy Inspector

4

Regulatory Inspector

98

Service Inspector

1

Total

103

London/South-East

Pharmacy Inspector

5

Regulatory Inspector

228

Service Inspector

6

Total

239

Newcastle/York and Humber

Pharmacy Inspector

2

Regulatory Inspector

117

Total

119

Eastern / East Midlands

Pharmacy Inspector

3

Regulatory Inspector

143

Service Inspector

3

Total

149

North-West

Pharmacy Inspector

5

Regulatory Inspector

91

Service Inspector

3

Total

99

Grand Total

802

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether social care worker inspectors notify people before making visits. [HL3530]

The regulation of adult social care providers is now the responsibility of the new independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission, which took over from the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission on 1 April 2009.

The commission has the power to conduct an inspection of any registered service provider at any time if it considers it appropriate, with or without prior notification.