The Care Quality Commission is working with fire chiefs to safeguard the wellbeing of vulnerable people who receive health and social care in England.
The regulator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Fire Chiefs Council to support and improve fire protection and prevention and promote patient and public safety for those people in receipt of these services.
People who use health and social care services are more vulnerable than the general population to injury or death when a fire occurs, according to the CQC. This may be because they are more likely to contribute to the likelihood of a fire, have reduced capacity to respond, or have limited health or mobility.
Poor understanding of this increased vulnerability and an un-met need for proper assessment of fire risks means that additional fire protection measures may also be overlooked, leading to increased avoidable deaths and injuries.
The regulator, NFCC and UK Fire and Rescue Service will focus on three objectives to support and improve fire protection for vulnerable people: implement local planning and liaison; work together to regulate, advise and inform health and social care service providers; and maintain effective communication.