Both CQC and NHS Improvement have joined together to assess how NHS hospitals (non-specialist acute) trusts use their resources. The assessment will be introduced from the autumn and carried out by NHS Improvement alongside scheduled inspections looking at the quality and safety of care, led by CQC.

A report will be published following the assessment and it will look at improvement, if required and propose a ‘use of resources’ rating of outstanding, good, requires improvement or adequate to CQC.

The rating and report will be presented alongside the quality ratings that CQC already award to hospitals following their inspections on whether their services are safe, caring, effective, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

This work is part of the wider changes CQC are making to the way they monitor, inspect and rate NHS Trusts. This includes fewer comprehensive inspections of whole NHS Trusts and more inspections of the specific core services they provide.