AQS Assessment Approach From 1st January 2023

Whilst there has been some flexibility over the last two years, in line with other sector quality standards we have now returned to our pre pandemic model of on-site assessment. We are conscious that the majority of advice services have now returned to offer an element of face-to-face advice as part of a hybrid model of advice delivery. This means that where possible on-site assessments will be the default position as of January 1st, 2023.

Remote assessments will be considered on a case-by-case approach and only where there is no alternative and/or if there is a return of Covid 19 which makes it unsafe.

Assessments that require longer than one day on-site may also include an element of remote assessment activity, for example the first day may be completed on-site meeting senior staff and reviewing central records, whilst the second day may include a series of remote video conferencing staff interviews.

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