The CQC and Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have signed a partnership to safeguard the wellbeing and rights of people receiving health and social care in England.
The partners have published a memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement that sets out how they will share knowledge and expertise, and work on joint enquiries, guidance, signposting of complaints, commissioning of research and more.
They will focus on looking at equality and human rights policy issues arising from COVID-19; working together to protect the human rights of those receiving care; reducing inequalities in access to care; and collaborating for better leadership on equality for staff working in the NHS and social care.
Ian Trenholm, chief executive of CQC, said: “This agreement will ensure CQC and EHRC continue to work well together as we have been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The MoU sets out how we will share knowledge and expertise in a number of important areas including protecting people most at risk of having their human rights breached and addressing issues of equality in health and social care.”
This MoU does not override the statutory responsibilities and functions of CQC and EHRC and is not enforceable in law.
However, CQC and the EHRC said they are committed to working in ways that are consistent with the principles of this MoU.