Skills for Care

Understanding what the CQC expects from regulated providers can help you be prepared for inspection and demonstrate that you are delivering Good and Outstanding care.

Skills for Care has produced a range of guidance and advice to help frontline managers and others to understand how best to prepare. This includes an introductory virtual learning module, a practical checklist, and opportunities to commission in further expertise.

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Whether you are awaiting your first inspection or you want to be best prepared for your next one, the checklist based on recommendations from frontline managers helps you to reflect on what you will need to evidence.


Being prepared for CQC inspection

This new 1-hour virtual learning module is aimed at new managers, new services and others wishing to understand the CQC inspection process.

Informed by how other services have prepared, the module looks at a step-by-step approach to involving the people you support, staff and others in sharing robust evidence.

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Accessing the digital learning

Learners will need to log in to their Skills for Care account (or register for an account if they don’t already have one) and click on the Virtual learning environment button. Learners will then have the option to purchase the module.

Price and funding 

This module costs £10 to access (or £9 if your organisation uses the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set)

Employers can claim £50 for the completed module from the Workforce Development Fund. This funding contributes towards the cost of the digital learning, the employees time required to complete the module, and the time taken to apply and embed the learning within their organisation.

Find out how to claim money from the WDF.




Register your interest in 'Being prepared for CQC inspection: Advanced' 

To help you to deepen your knowledge of how to prepare for inspection, Skills for Care is producing an advanced version of our Being prepared for CQC inspection module. This live facilitated virtual event explores with other managers successful approaches to be ready for when the CQC monitors and inspects.

Currently in development, this new support is due to be promoted Summer 2022. Be the first to know about this new opportunity to improve by joining our mailing list via


Compare with others

Using the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) is a great way to manage your records all in one place. Using the training and qualifications feature, you can evidence the amount of support and training you provide to your staff and show that mandatory training is up to date.

The data we collect in ASC-WDS can also help you complete your Provider Information Return (PIR). Section four of the PIR asks about your vacancies, your staff and their qualifications. If your ASC-WDS account is up to date, you’ll be able to find all this information in one place.

ASC-WDS also gives users the option to share some of their data with CQC. If you agree, CQC use the information as part of their suite of intelligence to help inform their smarter monitoring approach. It means the inspector will have access to some information about your service prior to their visit.