Market oversight regs

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1 .—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Care and Support (Market Oversight Criteria) Regulations 2014 and come into force immediately after section 53(1) of the Care Act 2014 comes fully into force.

(1)   In these Regulations—

“the Act” means the Care Act 2014;

“the 2014 Regulations” means the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014;

“group undertaking” has the meaning given by section 1161(5) of the Companies Act 2006; “undertaking” has the meaning given by section 1161(1) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

Providers of personal care (non-residential)

2 .—(1) Section 55 of the Act applies to a registered care provider who is not a local authority and who is registered in respect of the carrying on of the regulated activity set out in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the 2014 Regulations (personal care) where—

(a)      the number of hours of regulated care provided by the registered care provider in a week is 30,000 or more;

(b)  the number of people to whom regulated care is provided by the registered care provider in a week is 2,000 or more; or

(b)          (i)  the number of people to whom regulated care is provided by the registered care provider in a week is 800 or more; and

(i)     the number of hours of regulated care provided by that provider in the same week divided by that number of people exceeds 30.

(2)   In this regulation—

“regulated care” means care provided in connection with the carrying on of the regulated activity set out in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the 2014 Regulations (personal care); and

“week” means a period of seven consecutive days.

(3)   For the purpose of this regulation, where a registered care provider is an undertaking—

(a)       the hours of regulated care provided by the provider include hours of regulated care provided by any group undertaking of the provider; and

(b)       the number of people to whom regulated care is provided by the provider includes people to whom regulated care is provided by any group undertaking of the provider.

 

Providers of residential care

3 .—(1) Section 55 of the Act applies to a registered care provider who is not a local authority and who is registered in respect of the carrying on of the regulated activity set out in paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the 2014 Regulations (accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care) where the bed capacity of that provider is—

(a)       1,000 or more but less than 2,000 and where—

(i)     the bed capacity of that provider is at least 1 in each of 16 or more local authority areas; or

(ii)     the bed capacity of that provider in each of 3 or more local authority areas exceeds 10 per cent. of the total bed capacity in each of those local authority areas; or

(b)       2,000 or more.

(2) In this regulation—

“bed capacity” means the number of beds made available in an area by a registered care provider in connection with the carrying on of the regulated activity set out in paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the 2014 Regulations (accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care); and

“total bed capacity” in relation to an area means the number of beds made available in an area by all registered care providers in connection with the carrying on of the regulated activity set out in paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the 2014 Regulations (accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care).

(3) For the purpose of this regulation, where the registered care provider is an undertaking, the bed capacity of the provider includes the bed capacity of any group undertaking of the provider.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

Section 54(1) of the Care Act 2014 (c.23) (“the Act”) imposes a duty on the Care Quality Commission to determine whether a registered care provider satisfies the criteria for entry into the market oversight regime (see section 53 of the Act). These Regulations set out the entry criteria to the market oversight regime, which is a regime to monitor the financial sustainability of certain difficult to replace registered care providers.

Regulation 2 sets out the criteria for entry applicable to providers of personal (non-residential) care, that is, providers who are registered in respect of the carrying on of the regulated activity set out in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (“the 2014 Regulations”). The criteria will be satisfied where a provider is not a local authority and where they:

—        provide at least 30,000 hours of care in a week anywhere in England; or

—        provide at least 2,000 people with care in a week anywhere in England; or

—        provide at least 800 people with care in a week anywhere in England and the number of hours of care provided in the same week divided by that number of people exceeds 30.

Regulation 2 also provides that the criteria may be met by counting the hours of care provided by any group undertaking of the relevant provider or counting the people to whom care is provided by any such group undertaking.

Regulation 3 sets out the criteria for entry applicable to providers of residential care, that is, providers who are registered in respect of the carrying on of the regulated activity set out in paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the 2014 Regulations. The criteria will be satisfied where a provider is not a local authority and where they have a bed capacity:

—        of at least 2,000 anywhere in England; or

—        of between 1,000 to 1,999 overall, with 1 bed or more in at least 16 local authorities in England; or

—        of between 1,000 to 1,999 anywhere in England and where their bed capacity in each of 3 or more local authorities in England exceeds 10 per cent. of the total bed capacity in each of those local authorities.

Regulation 3 also provides that the bed capacity of a provider includes the bed capacity of any group undertaking.

 

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