16. October 2012 13:03
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will recruit up to 200 health and social care professionals over the next six months to assist its inspections.
The experts will work part-time with compliance inspectors on complex cases or in areas of heavy inspection workload.
This measure intended to help ensure that CQC clears its inspection backlog by April 2013.
The CQC is significantly behind on its inspections of independent healthcare providers, dentists and private ambulance services.
The delays are partly due to urgent inspections of cosmetic surgery clinics following the PIP breast implant scandal, as well as a wave of abortion clinic inspections ordered by Andrew Lansley.
The new CQC recruits may have a clinical or managerial background and will include nurses.
The roles will be part-time, and are described as suitable for professionals who have taken early retirement or have caring responsibilities.
The bank of medical experts will build on the existing resource the CQC calls on to support major safety investigations, but will be expected to carry out more regular and routine work.
The recruitment will be funded from the CQC’s existing budget.