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About us

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We regulate health and social care services

Find out about our role, the standards we set and how we check they're being met.


Who we are

We're the independent health and adult social care regulator.

Our job is to make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage them to improve.

We do this by monitoring, inspecting and regulating services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find, including performance ratings to help people choose care.


How we do our job

Our strategy

Image of a calculator and pencil on a deskFind out about our goals for the years ahead and how we're changing the way we work.

Working in partnership

Image of two people shaking handsWe work with other organisations to share information and improve how care is overseen.

How we are run

Image of a man's hands holding a pen over a deskRead about our governance and how we're structured to help us achieve our aims.

Meet our team

Chief inspectors

Photograph of Sir Mike RichardsWe've appointed three Chief Inspectors to lead our inspection and regulation of health and social care services.

Board of directors

Image of Camilla Cavendish and Louis Appleby attending a CQC board meetingOur board is accountable to the public, Parliament and the Secretary of State for Health.

Executive team

Image of David Behan speakingOur executive team is responsible for ensuring we deliver the board's strategy and achieve our purpose.