CQC’s next wave of inspections

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CQC have announced the next group of acute, community health and mental health providers to be inspected between April and June 2015 as part of its new inspection approach.

The inspections which are carried out by a combination of inspectors, clinicians, and experts by experience will assess whether the service overall is: safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

Following the inspection, each provider of acute, community health, mental health and ambulance services will receive an overall rating of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. CQC will also rate each of the core services, such as maternity and accident and emergency, in the same way to provide performance information at a service, hospital and trust level.

The types of providers being inspected include:

· Trusts hoping to secure foundation status

· Hospitals deemed to be inspection priorities

· Hospitals where concerns have been raised regionally

· Those where concerns have been raised by other regulators.

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