CQC’s Next Wave of Inspections

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CQC has announced the second group of mental health and community health providers that will be inspected from April 2014.

This announcement comes as part of CQC’s new approach to inspecting specialist mental health services as it continues to develop its improved inspection model for mental health and community healthcare.

The providers that will be inspected cover a broad range of sizes, specialisms and regions across England. This includes community health providers, mental health providers and combined community and mental health providers.

By December 2015, CQC aim to have inspected every NHS Trust in England.

Each inspection will answer five questions about the service – are they:

·         Safe?

·         Caring?

·         Effective?

·         Well-led?

·         Responsive to people’s needs?

Inspectors will then make a judgement about the quality and safety of the care people receive at the service.

The care will be rated as outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate. This should make CQC’s findings and judgements clearer than ever before.

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