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CQC bank on extra inspection expertise

For the second year running the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is recruiting approximately 200 social care professionals to help it deliver its programme of inspections, 80 have already been identified from the pool of people recruited last year.

Bank Inspectors will be contracted to support the delivery of our 2013-14 inspection programme which we have committed to delivering over 39,000 scheduled inspections – more than ever before. 

The Bank Inspectors will be working under the direction of permanent CQC staff and will receive training in inspecting, making judgements and report writing, as well as how to deal with whistle blowers and safeguarding issues.

Candidates will have to have extensive skills and experience in the health and social care field to be able to ensure that essential standards of quality and safety are met by providers and that the quality of care and support to service users is improved.

Malcolm Bower-Brown, Regional Director, Care Quality Commission, said:

"Last year CQC used Bank Inspectors to help support our regional inspection teams providing the additional flexibility we needed to carry out our annual inspection programme. We have retained many of these staff who will be supporting us again this year. 

"With an expanded programme of over 5,000 scheduled inspections between now and March 14, we are now recruiting a further cohort of bank inspectors to support our work.

"We are looking for experienced health and social care professionals to carry out these inspections this year, focused largely within the adult social care sector.

"Our experience of using bank inspectors for the first time last year was a positive one and we look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested in working with us over the next few months."

For media enquiries call the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 during office hours or out of hours on 07917 232 143.

For general enquiries call 03000 616161.

Notes to editors

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care. 

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