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In response to today’s announcement that Ian Trenholm, the Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is stepping down at the end of this month, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:

“Care England has collaborated closely with Ian over the past few months to effectively advocate for our members’ concerns regarding the CQC’s new single assessment framework. While ours and the CQCs collective goal remains ensuring that high-quality care, support and information are provided to people who use health and social care services; the sentiment within the sector reflects significant apprehension and unease regarding the challenges posed by the new framework.


The recent initiation of a review of the CQC inspection regime by Ministers marks a crucial first step towards progress. However, for there to be meaningful change, there needs to be urgent decisive action from the next Chief Executive.


We look forward to engaging productively with the incoming Chief Executive at the CQC, continuing these dialogues to accurately represent the experiences and perspectives of care providers across the country. Their first priority should be to promptly review the Single Assessment Framework and collaborate with the sector to develop an  improved system that has balanced reliance on current and relevant data, transparency in regulatory approach and consistency and uniformity in assessments. We strongly reiterate our dedication to this goal and will support the new Chief Executive in delivering on this right from the outset.”