(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations (which apply only to establishments and agencies subject to registration under the Care Standards Act 2000 situated in England), make further amendments to the National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2001 (“the Regulations”) in consequence of the registration of nurses agencies, domiciliary care agencies and residential family centres under Part II of that Act being deferred until 1st January 2003.
The Regulations amend—
— regulation 2 (interpretation), so that a “new provider”, in the case of a residential family centre, a nurses agency or a domiciliary care agency will be a person who carries on such an establishment or agency after 1st January 2003 and not 1st September 2002;
— regulation 3(3)(a) (registration fees) so that where an application for registration is made by a person who manages an existing undertaking which is a licensed nurses agency, then provided that that application is made before 1st January 2003, no registration fee will be payable;
— regulation 5, so that in the case of a Nurses agency which is an existing provider, the first annual fee is due on the anniversary first occurring after 1st January 2003; and
— regulation 6(5) (frequency of inspections), so that for the purposes of a residential family centre, a nurses agency or a domiciliary care agency, the first “12 month period” is to be treated as commencing on 1st January 2003 and ending on 31st March 2004.