Consultation outcome

Nursing care licence exemption

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The department’s view is that NHS continuing Healthcare and NHS funded nursing care services should be exempt from Monitor’s license regime. We will be amending regulations to reflect this.

The majority of respondents were in favour of continuing the exemption. However, there was a collective view that the exemption should not extend to nursing care services being designated as a Commissioner Requested Service.

Original consultation


Seeks views on whether NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care services should remain exempt from Monitor’s licence regime.

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Consultation description

Providers of care and support are currently not regulated by Monitor and do not require a licence to provide care and support services. Providers of NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care services are exempt from the requirement to hold a licence until 1 April 2015.

We are consulting on the following two options:

  • to allow the current nursing care licence exemption to expire

  • to continue with licence exemption for organisations that provide NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care

The questions are included as annex B to a wider consultation on the Care Act 2014.

Published 6 June 2014
Last updated 12 January 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated to add the Department of Health response to the consultation on nursing care licence exemption.
  2. First published.