From 2010 a new registration system has been in force, which meant that health and adult social care providers, which includes EPUT, must be registered with the Care Quality Commission. This is to show that we meet a wide range of Fundamental Standards (DoH) and Key Lines of Enquiry (CQC). These standards are to the healthcare services provided are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
The Care Quality Commission is the health and adult social care regulator, and they are responsible for making sure that providers continue to meet the Fundamental Standards and Key Lines of Enquiry. They do this by analysing and inspecting services, by asking providers to assess themselves and by collecting information to help them monitor how they are performing. They undertake reviews and inspections of healthcare services on an ongoing basis to ensure they remain compliant with the standards.
EPUT was registered with the CQC in April 2017 as a new organisation to provide healthcare services. The CQC were satisfied the Trust had provided sufficient assurance of meeting the Fundamental Standards and Key Lines of Enquiry.
Ongoing compliance is assessed and monitored by the Compliance Team. The Trust uses an internal intelligence based system to collect information on all our services to provide assurance that all the standards are being met. The Trust has also developed self-assessment handbooks for services to understand how they meet the standards and what they are doing if there is any slippage. The Compliance Team also undertake a program of internal inspections to mirror those undertaken by the CQC which provides further assurance on the quality of services provided.