New Regulator for Laser/IPL Clinics

Chris Hart (Cristianos Laser Clinic)


Issue 45
Spring 2009

The use of laser and intense pulse light equipment falls under the area of service provision known as Private and Voluntary Healthcare as do private doctors and hospitals. This area of healthcare has, since the implementation of the Care Standards Act 2000, been regulated by The Healthcare Commission. With effect from 1st. April 2009 the Healthcare Commission will merge with the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission to form The Care Quality Commission (CQC). The aim is to create one independent regulator for health, mental health and adult social care in England.

The primary aim of the Care Quality Commission is to put the people who use services first and ensure providers deliver high quality health and social care that supports people to live healthy and independent lives, empowers individuals, families and carers in making informed decisions about their own care and is responsive to individual needs. This vision is in line with that of the Healthcare Commission. The ethos of the standards and quality assurance framework against which all registered providers are assessed will remain focused on the provision of client focused safe, quality assured treatment and care. Cristianos are proud of their achievements, having been assessed by the Healthcare Commission as not only meeting but exceeding the current standards and as a result our clients will probably notice little difference to the working of our clinics.

The Government had considered plans to withdraw laser and IPL from the regulatory framework however these plans have been withdrawn. The Care Quality Commission will have more regulatory powers than previous regulators including an increased fine of up to £50,000 for failure to register. We hope this will help to increase standards within the industry.

The new Commission have decided not to supply registered providers with the new Care Quality Commission logo so it will become rather difficult for prospective clients to easily see if the clinic they are looking at are indeed registered.

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