This is what the CQC says:
"We will use this emergency approach in all health and social care settings registered with CQC during the pandemic, and for a period afterwards"
- During the pandemic
- and for a period afterwards
So although introduced specifically for the pandemic, the CQC is leaving the door open to carry on with this even after the pandemic.
The interview approach is not too disimilar to the Annual Regulatory Review for GP Practices, and no one should be surprised to find the two merging and this becoming a permanent feature for all Providers.