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The Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are the regulators of the health and social care in England, ensuring that people receive care that is safe, effective, compassionate and of high-quality as well as being well-led.  The will monitor providers of healthcare to ensure the services improve.

The role of the CQC is to inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and publish what they find, to include performance ratings to help people choose care.

The intention of the CQC is to inspect all Acute NHS Trusts /Foundation Trusts by December 2015 to assess whether the Trusts are meeting the five areas of compliance, safe, effective, caring, responsive to patients needs and well led.

To provide a rating on each Trust of:

  • Outstanding
  • Good
  • Requires Improvement
  • Inadequate

If the CQC have concerns that we may not be meeting the standards they will visit the Trust locations and inspect the way we care for people and the services we run.  If they find any failings or shortfalls in the services we provide, they will take action and use enforcement powers if necessary.