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We have formal agreements with other organisations describing how we will regulate effectively in partnership.

Read about our memoranda of understanding, joint-working protocols and information-sharing agreements.

A Memorandum of understanding (MoU) is a statement agreed between two organisations that outlines what they intend to achieve and their commitment to work together.

MoUs only provide the basic structure of the partnership. You can find more detailed information about our partnerships by reading the joint working protocols and information sharing agreements.

We have a number of MoUs with other organisations, which are listed below. If you have any queries about them, please contact our National Contact Centre on 03000 616161 in the first instance.

Current MoUs

MoU between CQC and the Information Commissioner's Office PDF | 857.51 KB

MoU between CQC and the Human Tissue Authority PDF | 165.19 KB

MoU between CQC and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority PDF | 224.54 KB

MoU between CQC and the Criminal Records Bureau PDF | 665.76 KB

MoU between CQC and Ofsted PDF | 398.62 KB

MoU between CQC and the Local Ombudsmen PDF | 368.64 KB

MoU between CQC and the General Social Care Council PDF | 166.31 KB

MoU between CQC and Monitor PDF | 199.12 KB

MoU between CQC and the General Dental Council PDF | 455.68 KB

MoU between CQC and HM Inspectorate of Prisons PDF | 635.08 KB

MoU between CQC and Monitor PDF | 199.12 KB

MoU between CQC and HM Inspectorate of Prisons PDF | 635.08 KB

MoU between CQC and HM Inspectorate of Probation PDF | 59.43 KB

MoU between CQC and Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman PDF | 451.76 KB

MoU between CQC and Equality and Human Rights Commission PDF | 4.46 MB

MoU between CQC and General Medical Council PDF | 338.37 KB

MoU between CQC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council PDF | 170.04 KB

MoU between CQC and the Tribunals Service PDF | 106.25 KB

MoU between CQC and the Health and Care Professions Council PDF | 117.09 KB

MoU between CQC and Civil Aviation Authority PDF | 388.15 KB

MoU between CQC and Department of Health Deputy Regional Directors PDF | 300.22 KB

MoU between CQC and Public Health England PDF | 243.72 KB

MoU between CQC and Healthwatch PDF | 688.11 KB

MoU between CQC and the General Pharmaceutical Council PDF | 327.53 KB

MoUs in development

We are currently working on agreements for MoUs with the following bodies.

UK Border Agency (UKBA)

The agreement will detail the co-operations, communication and co-ordination between CQC and UKBA.

Working with the Health and Safety Executive

We will share information, where appropriate, with the Health and Safety Executive to protect people who use services

You can find more information about this agreement in the document below.

Liaison agreement between CQC and the Health and Safety Executive PDF | 497.2 KB

Working with NHS England

Our agreement with NHS England sets out our strategic goals, commitments to collaborate with them and the governance framework we will use.

Visit NHS England's website to download the full MoU (opens in new window).

Working with the NHS Trust Development Authority

The partnership agreement below details how we will work with the NHS Trust Development Authority to support NHS trusts that fail to meet national standards of quality and safety.

Partnership agreement with the NHS Trust Development Authority PDF | 132.73 KB

Our Joint working protocols provide further information on how we will work with another organisation.

Joint working protocols include information on:

  • what each organisation can expect from the other.
  • how the work will be managed.
  • commitments to consultations and involving others in the work.

Please note that we do not have a joint working protocol with every organisation we work with.

Current joint working protocols

Joint protocol between CQC and the General Medical Council PDF | 348.68 KB

Joint protocol between CQC and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services PDF | 65.13 KB

Proposed joint working protocols

We're also proposing a joint working protocol with the following bodies.

  • HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
  • Health Protection Agency (HPA).
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

An Information sharing agreement (ISA) is created when we need to share sensitive data with other organisations we work with.

These types of agreements are required when duties and responsibilities between us and the organisations we partner with overlap.

ISAs set out what information will be shared, how, when and with who, and they detail any necessary security requirements.

ISAs also help us to:

  • regulate health and social care provision effectively and efficiently.
  • ensure the welfare of people who use care services.

We may have more than one ISA with an organisation. They are negotiated and managed by the Data Management Team in CQC's Intelligence Directorate.

Current ISAs

  • Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • NHS England
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Dr Foster

Chief Executives Health and Social Care Regulatory Forum

The Chief Executives Health and Social Care Regulatory Forum has a strategic role in helping to lead and foster closer and more effective working between regulators.

The forum is not a decision making body but meets three times per year to reflect on current challenges facing the sector and discuss the effectiveness of operational working.

The members of the Forum are:

  • Care Quality Commission (current Chair and Secretariat)
  • General Dental Council
  • General Medical Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Local Government Ombudsman
  • Monitor
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman
  • Professional Standards Authority

Read more...

You can read the agendas and minutes for each meeting in our Events section.

 

Last updated:
26 November 2014