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How long it takes to register

  • Organisations we regulate

Being a provider of care is a serious business and our application process reflects this.

If we agree to register you, you will have responsibility for people’s health and wellbeing. So it’s important we are satisfied you are suitably prepared and will be able to meet the relevant legislation.

We assess applications against our assessment frameworks. These frameworks will help you understand our expectations at registration. They mirror the questions we ask when we inspect a service. You can see the questions we will ask about your application in the registration assessment frameworks for:

  • adult social care providers
  • healthcare providers

We must establish that applicants will provide services that are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

For us to be sure about this, we need to ask you for a lot of information. And we need time to assess that information thoroughly.

If you cannot meet the standards set out by the 5 key questions, we will refuse your application to register.

How long it will take to apply

Filling in the main form could, in some circumstances, take as much as 7 or 8 hours – a full working day. It’s likely to take at least 2 hours.

Additionally, some of the preparation work may take several weeks. Here are some examples:

What do I need to do?

How long will it take?

Write a statement of purpose 2 to 3 hours but possibly several days to prepare
Carry out DBS checks Up to 8 weeks
Make sure premises are ready It will depend on your premises but possibly several weeks

3. Disclosure and Barring Service checks

Last updated:
29 April 2019


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