Following a public consultation last year and approval from the secretary of state for health, the Care Quality Commission (QCQ) has revised the fees that providers will have to pay from April.
The increase for 2015/16 is 9%. The impact of this is an increase of:
- £69 for a general practice with 10,001 to 15,000 registered patients.
- £238 for a care home with 21 to 25 beds.
- £6,458 for a NHS trust with an annual turnover of £125 million to £225 million.
In the summer, the CQC will introduce the option for providers to pay by instalments and by direct debit, to help them manage their cash flows.
Also, the CQC will publish a calculator on its website next month to help providers work out their exact fees for 2015/16, alongside detailed fees guidance.
David Behan, chief executive of the CQC, said: “We understand that the increase in fees is happening at difficult economic time for many providers but we hope that they, and importantly those who use their services, are seeing the benefits of our inspections, which allow us to identify where improvements are needed and to celebrate what services are doing well.”