Challenging a CQC notice of proposal to cancel registration
After an inspection, CQC may decide to take compliance action. If your service is rated as inadequate, this may take the form of a Notice of Proposal to Cancel Registration. As the name implies, this means that CQC proposes to cancel your registration and close your service.
What can you do about a proposal to cancel registration?
The receipt of a Notice of Proposal to Cancel Registration often comes as a shock. If you want your service to survive, you must take immediate action. We have helped numerous services through this situation and have succeeded in helping services retain their registration. Survival may seem impossible at the outset, but we have proven experience in turning a situation around and we know how it can be achieved.
You will need to make representations about the Notice of Proposal within 28 days. The aim of these representations is to persuade CQC to allow you to retain your registration. We frequently draft such representations for providers.
What will Royds Withy King do to help?
As your lawyers, our aim is to help you overcome this difficult situation and retain your registration. Before we tackle the representations, there will be many practical aspects to consider, such as: the factual accuracy of the inspection report, the need for an action plan, safeguarding issues, your contracts with commissioners, and your relationship with service users and relatives.
We will explain the process and discuss with you what you wish to achieve from a business and personal perspective. We will then help you come up with an overall plan to manage all of the aspects of the situation, including not only the regulatory aspects, but also all of the relevant issues, such as safeguarding investigations, contracts, embargoes, service users and relatives’ concerns, and the press.
We will take a holistic approach and support you by advising about the entirety of the situation.
In our experience, saving a service requires a lot of hard work and determination but ultimately, it is achievable. If you are facing a Notice of Proposal to Cancel Registration, we recommend that you seek advice as soon as possible.