Essential standards of quality and safety
The essential standards of quality and safety consist of 28 regulations (and associated outcomes) that are set out in two pieces of legislation: the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 and the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009.
For each regulation, there is an associated outcome – the experiences we expect people to have as a result of the care they receive.
When we check providers’ compliance with the essential standards, we focus on the 16 regulations (out of the 28) that come within Part 4 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 – these are the ones that most directly relate to the quality and safety of care. Providers must have evidence that they meet the outcomes.
These 16 regulations are set out below. (Note that the outcome numbers are different to the regulation numbers because we have grouped the outcomes into six overall themes. See our Essential standards of quality and safety publication for full details.)
|Regulation* |Outcome |Title and summary of outcome |
|9 |4 |Care and welfare of people who use services |
| | |People experience effective, safe and appropriate care, treatment and support that meets |
| | |their needs and protects their rights. |
|10 |16 |Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision |
| | |People benefit from safe, quality care because effective decisions are made and because of|
| | |the management of...