Monitor licensing regime and social care organisations
This is not draft guidance issued under the Care Act. It is included because it concerns related matters.
Providers of care and support are currently not regulated by Monitor and do not require a licence to provide care and support services. Under Regulation 6 of the National Health Service (Licence Exemptions, etc) Regulations 2013, providers of NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care services are exempt from the requirement to hold a licence until 1 April 2015.
We are consulting on the following two options:
- to allow the current nursing care licence exemption to expire. This would require providers of nursing care whose total NHS turnover exceeds the de minimis threshold to hold a Monitor licence from 1 April 2015.
- to continue with licence exemption for provider organisations that provide NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care. Most care and support providers that provide these services will continue to be exempt. These services will also be exempt from being designated as a Commissioner Requested Service. This option would allow the Care Quality Commission to have sole and focused financial oversight over these providers, liaising with Monitor where necessary.