The first major evaluation of the CQC’s approach to inspecting and rating has been published

As most provider’s will be aware, the CQC introduced a new approach to inspecting and rating health and social care providers in 2013. Since then the Alliance Manchester Business School and The King’s Fund have undertaken the first major evaluation of this approach.

The new framework sets out to better our understanding of the impact of regulation on provider performance. The evaluation shows that impact can occur before, during and after inspection and through interaction between regulators, providers and other key stakeholders.

The evaluation took place between 2015 and 2018 and four sectors examined (acute care, mental health care, general practice and adult social care) in six areas of England.

It sets out suggestions and the need for CQC to ‘take a prospective and deliberative approach to designing, piloting and testing regulatory interventions in order to measure their impact in practice’.

Providers will find it useful to review the evaluation in full.