Regulated Care Sector

Regulated care includes support and care at home, residential care and care homes with nursing.

Regulated means the care providers are inspected and rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 
Across Lancashire and South Cumbria there are over 800 providers of regulated care, employing 46,000 staff, more than the number of staff employed in the NHS in the region. The regulated care sector is part of the wider health and social care system across the region and works in partnership with the NHS, local authority and voluntary, community and faith sector organisations to provide the very best care for local people. 

The regulated care sector is facing significant challenges due to reduced funding, an increase in the number of people with social-care needs and a shortage of staff. The way services are currently funded and delivered is different in different areas of Lancashire and South Cumbria, by working together we will be able to provide a more equal approach to planning and delivering services and improve the quality of care people receive. 

For the latest guidance and support available to the regulated care sector during COVID-19 support, please visit the webpages below.

Please explore this area of the website to find out more about the care sector. 


Working in the care sector is more than just a job, it's a career where every day is different and every day makes a difference to someone's life.

Visit the Every Day is Different website (opens in new window) to explore careers in care and find jobs in your local area.

The CARE app is a single digital hub for all social care staff to access relevant Department for Health and Social Care updates, guidance, support and discounts from their phone. Every social care worker should know this app is available for them, should they wish to use it and make use of its benefits – including health and wellbeing support and high street discounts.

Download the CARE app from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store.

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