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The Care Quality Commission checks whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting government standards. Visit our website at

About us

We make sure hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries, and all other care services in England provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care, and we encourage them to make improvements.

We do this by inspecting services and publishing the results on our website to help you make better decisions about the care you receive.

For more information, visit How we do our job and Our inspections.

Our principles

Throughout everything we do, we always:

  • put people who use services at the heart of our work.
  • have an open and accessible culture.
  • are independent, rigorous, fair and consistent.
  • work in partnership across the health and social care system.
  • are committed to being a high-performing organisation.
  • promote equality, diversity and human rights.

More information about us

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How we do our job

Inspecting all health and social care services in England is a big job, but it’s not all we do. To make sure people receive safe and effective care, we also take enforcement action, register services, work with other organisations and more.

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Our inspections

We believe that everyone deserves to receive care that is safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality. For this to happen, we inspect hospitals, care homes, GPs, dental and general practices and other care services all over England.

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Our people

Get to know some of our staff at CQC, including David Prior (our Chair) and David Behan (our Chief Executive) and the members of our Board and Executive teams, and watch our board meetings as they happen.

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Our performance and plans

We’ve set out targets and plans around different areas of our work to help us do our job better.

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Annual reports

Read about the work we have carried out, what we have achieved and the information we have gathered about health and social care services since we began operating in 2009. 

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Find our monthly expenses and contracts and view our organogram showing the current structure at CQC.