CQC is currently undertaking a radical review of how we inspect acute hospitals:

by admin | 3rd September 2013

CQC is currently undertaking a radical review of how we inspect acute hospitals:

The new inspections will involve significantly bigger inspection teams which will include clinical and other experts, and trained members of the public. The teams will spend longer inspecting hospitals and cover every site that delivers acute services. They will look at eight key service areas and others if necessary: A&E; maternity, paediatrics; acute medical and surgical pathways; care for the frail elderly; end of life care; and outpatients. We will make better use of information and evidence, using new surveillance indicators and information from our partners to guide our teams on where and what to inspect.

Our new approach will aim to answer five key questions about an organisation:

•             Is it safe?

•             Is it effective?

•             Is it caring?

•             Is it responsive to people’s needs?

•             Is it well-led?

Each inspection will provide the public with a clear picture of the quality of care, exposing poor and mediocre care and highlighting good care; hospitals will be rated as outstanding; good; require improvement; or inadequate.

A crucial development stage is the first wave of inspections that we will be undertaking between September and November to test our new approach in the acute hospitals of 18 NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts . The list covers a range of trusts including some that are high risk, some low risk and some that are in between those two extremes.

Inspectors are inviting people to go to a listening event in their area and talk about their experiences of care at their local hospital.




Listening events are also being set up for the inspections of the following hospital trusts which will be inspected by the end of the year.  When we have dates for these listening events we will let you know.

•             Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

•             Barts Health NHS Trust

•             South London Healthcare NHS Trust

•             Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

•             The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

•             Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

•             Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

•             Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

•             University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

•             Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

•             Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

•             Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

•             Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

•             Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

Follow this link for more information and how to register:

If you have any questions please e mail:

Page last updated: September 3rd, 2013 at 4:19 am