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Guidance for providers

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How to use our guidance

Handbooks, enforcement and the new regulations: how it all fits together.


Getting started

We publish two main types of information for care providers.

1. Provider handbooks

Our provider handbooks explain what we look for when we inspect services. They also set out how we do our job – from registering providers to carrying out inspections, publishing ratings and taking enforcement action.

See our provider handbooks

2. Guidance on meeting regulations

Regulations for providers and registered managers include requirements about the fitness of organisations and the people that work for them, as well as fundamental standards of care.

How to use our guidance

For all providers

How we inspect and regulate

a CQC inspector in a hospital corridorOur provider handbooks describe how we regulate. In this section we also explain our human rights approach and special measures regime.

Regulations for providers and managers

two nurses discuss paperwork at a deskThe full list of regulations – which include the fundamental standards – with guidance about each one. Includes our enforcement policy.

Registration and notifications

a person in a white lab coat using a computerFind out how to register or make changes to your registration, what you need to notify us about and what fees you must pay.

Display of ratings

closeup shot of a computer screen showing the 'outstanding' rating iconYou must display your CQC ratings where the public can see them. Our detailed guidance explains how.