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CQC seeks views on proposed changes to how providers should pay their regulatory fees in 2018/19

26 October 2017

From today (26 October 2017), we are seeking views on our new proposals for how we should calculate the fees that providers of health and adult social care must pay in order to be registered.

These proposals are based on what we have learnt and on changes to the health and care sectors, such as the creation of larger NHS trusts through mergers and acquisitions, and GPs collaborating in large-scale general practice.

Over the last two years (2016/17 and 2017/18), we have been increasing the fees that providers of health and adult social care in England must pay for being on our register, so that we can fulfil the government’s commitment to reduce grant-in-aid funding to public regulatory bodies.

We have now reached ‘full chargeable cost recovery’ for most providers we regulate, including NHS trusts, care homes, general practices and dental services, as planned.

The exception is providers of community adult social care (which includes care in people’s own homes). Our consultation sets out the third year (of four) towards ‘full cost recovery’ for this sector, which will reach this point by 1 April 2019, as agreed following our previous consultation.

This means that no sector apart from community adult social care will see any increases overall to their regulatory fees.

However, we are reviewing the structure of our fees scheme to ensure that fees are charged and distributed proportionately. The options that we are consulting on over the next three months could result in changes to what individual providers and services in three sectors are required to pay. Based on our calculations, we are proposing changes to the fees structure for the following sectors:

  • For NHS trusts, by moving away from the current fee bandings, the proposals could see 75% of individual trusts paying reduced fees and the largest 25% seeing an increase.
  • For NHS general practices, the proposals could see fees being calculated by registered patients (list sizes) rather than number of ‘registered locations’. Broadly, NHS general practice providers that have a below average list size could pay a lower fee, while those with a higher list size could pay a higher fee.
  • For community adult social care providers, we are seeking views on the most appropriate metric that should be used to calculate fees. This could see around 70% of (mainly smaller) providers paying lower fees and around 30% higher fees.

Our consultation will run until midday on Thursday 18 January 2018.

Find out more and take part in our fees consultation.

Last updated:
26 October 2017