CQC’s 2017 Regulatory Fees Confirmed

The Care Quality Commission has published its fees for 2017/18.

The amounts that providers will pay for their regulation will depend on the type of health or social care they offer. Examples of the changes providers can expect to see in 2017/18 include:

  • £163 increase for a care home with 26-30 residents to £4,375 a year.
  • £823 increase for a single-location community social care provider (such as a home-care agency) to £2,192 a year.
  • £65,375 increase for a NHS trust with an income of £125 million to £225 million to £202,239 a year.
  • £1,952 increase for a single-location GP practice with 5,001-10,000 patients to £4,526 a year.
  • £113 decrease for a single-location dental practice with four chairs to £837 a year.

These sizeable increases reflect the fact that the CQC has been told it must move away from a subsidised model of funding, where the Department of Health covered a sizeable part of the cost, to a ‘Full Chargeable Cost Recovery’ (FCCR) model for all health and adult social care providers that it regulates.

The CQC is keen to point out that it continues to make savings within its own organisation in order to minimise the rate of increase in fees.  In 2015/16, their budget was £249 million. The budget for 2019/20 will be £217 million, a reduction of £32 million. During 2016/17, CQC has made over £10 million in efficiency savings.

In total CQC fees for 2017/18 represent 0.16% of overall indicative turnover of the health and social care market.

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