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Announced inspections

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We announce comprehensive inspections of certain kinds of service in advance.

You can find more information about how we regulate and inspect different kinds of service in our handbooks for providers.

Find out which types of inspection we announce in advance and browse details of upcoming inspections below.

NHS acute and specialist trusts

Inspections of NHS trusts are carried out by a mixture of inspectors, healthcare professionals and experts by experience, and assess whether the service overall is: safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

Following the inspection, each provider will receive an overall rating of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

The providers listed below have been selected for their comprehensive inspections for different reasons. These include hospitals that are priorities for inspection and those that are low risk, following our analysis of information of acute services, and a commitment to inspect different types of trusts in different parts of the country.

June

July

August

September

October

NHS mental health trusts

Inspections of NHS trusts are carried out by a mixture of inspectors, healthcare professionals and Experts by Experience, and assess whether the service overall is: safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

Following the inspection, each provider will receive an overall rating of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

The providers listed below have been selected for their planned, comprehensive inspections for different reasons. These include hospitals that are priorities for inspection and those that are low risk, following our analysis of information of mental health services, and a commitment to inspect different types of trusts in different parts of the country.

June

September

NHS community health trusts

Inspections of NHS trusts are carried out by a mixture of inspectors, healthcare professionals and Experts by Experience, and assess whether the service overall is: safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

Following the inspection, each provider will receive an overall rating of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

The providers listed below have been selected for their planned, comprehensive inspections for different reasons. These include hospitals that are priorities for inspection and those that are low risk, following our analysis of information and a commitment to inspect different types of trusts in different parts of the country.

June

NHS ambulance service trusts

Inspections of NHS trusts are carried out by a mixture of inspectors, healthcare professionals and Experts by Experience, and assess whether the service overall is: safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

Following the inspection, each provider will receive an overall rating of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

The providers listed below have been selected for their planned, comprehensive inspections for different reasons. These include hospitals that are priorities for inspection and those that are low risk, following our analysis of information and a commitment to inspect different types of trusts in different parts of the country.

June

Specialist substance misuse services

We announce inspections for independent standalone substance misuse services.

While we don't currently give ratings to standalone substance misuse services, we plan to rate them in the future. We will continue to test the feasibility and scope of inspecting and separately rating substance misuse services offered by other providers, for example NHS trusts, GP practices and independent providers that also offer other services, with a view to rolling this out once the current inspection cycle for these providers ends. However, we will still carry out an inspection of substance misuse services delivered by these providers if risks are identified.

June

July

August

September

October

NHS GP practices and GP out-of-hours services

Inspections are usually announced. We feel that this is the most appropriate way to make sure our inspections do not disrupt the care provided to people.

We will announce which clinical commissioning groups (CCG) area we are visiting at least four weeks before we start to inspect practices in that area.

Adult social care services

Residential adult social care services

Our inspections will usually be unannounced. In a few instances, where there are very good reasons, we may let the provider know we are coming. For example, we may contact small homes to check that people are home before setting off to inspect.

Community adult social care services

Our inspections of domiciliary care agencies and Shared Lives schemes will usually be announced 48 hours in advance. This is so we can be sure the manager or a senior person in charge is available on the day we plan to visit.

We may also give 48 hours’ notice to supported living schemes and extra care housing, but this will vary depending on the way the service is organised – in particular, in relation to the location of the registered manager and people using the service.

Hospice services

Our inspections for inpatient hospices will usually be unannounced. In a few instances, where there are very good reasons, we may let the provider know we are coming. We usually announce inspections of community-based hospice services and day hospices 48 hours in advance. This is so that we can be sure the manager or a senior person in charge is available on the day we plan to visit.

Note: This information should be used as a guide only. Details are subject to change.

Last updated:
1 June 2016