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How to get and re-use CQC information and data

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We want to be as open and transparent as we can be with the information we collect, analyse and store.

As a result, we make the complete directory of places where CQC regulated care is provided in England available as a download and we offer a widget which lets people embed summary information about each of the places we regulate.

We are also developing partnerships with other websites to increase the amount of feedback we get from the public about health and care services.

We encourage people to use these tools to build their own services – especially those that help people find out about the health and social care options available to them.

Our widget lets anyone embed CQC information on their own website. Each place that is regulated by CQC has a widget showing their CQC rating (or a summary of the results of CQC’s latest checks for those not yet rated), along with a link to its full profile on

This is particularly useful for:

  • providers that are rated by CQC who are required by law to display their ratings
  • providers that are regulated by CQC who want to show that they are registered with CQC
  • people who build directory services.

How to get the widget

For more information on getting the widget for the place you are interested in, see our CQC Widget help page.

Latest file

CQC care directory - csv format CSV | 19.56 MB

CQC care directory - zip ZIP | 3.64 MB

NB – We usually update this file once a week. Follow us on Twitter to find out when new files are published.

We are making a second file available which contains details of registered managers and care home bed numbers. It also allows you to easily filter by the regulated activities, service types or service user bands.

CQC care directory - with filters (1 May 2015) XLSX | 12.24 MB

Archive of files

You can see our archive of files (starting from 26 September 2012) on Google Drive.

Find our file archive on Google Drive

Details of what's in the file

The file contains a complete list of the places in England where people carry out care that is regulated by CQC. It includes every hospital, care home, dentist and care home agency in England as well as other types of service like ambulances, prison care services and hospices. From April 2013 it will include every GP practice as well.

It contains the following information about each place we regulate:

Name (column a)
Name of the location as registered with CQC by the care provider
Also known as (column b)
This is given to us by the care provider if a location has a different trading name or is commonly known by another name
Address (column c)
Full address except postcode
Postcode (column d)
Phone number (column e)
Service's website (if available) (column f)
This is the web address the service were invited to supply when they registered with CQC
Service types (column g)
This is the type of service offered at this place (e.g. Care home with nursing, Hospital, Dental service). We use these for the service type tabs and drop down in our service search at the top of this page.
Date of latest check (column h)
This is the publication date of CQC’s last inspection report about this place, or the date the location was registered with CQC if it has not been inspected yet.
Specialisms/services (column i)
These are particular services this place offers or groups of people they care for. We use these in the "more search options" filters in our service search.
Provider name (column j)
This is the organisation, company or individual that provides the care at this location. This allows you to see all the locations that they have registered.
Local authority (column k)
This is the English local authority area that the service is in. This is often particularly relevant to people choosing social care.
Region (column l)
This is the CQC region that the service falls in. Currently CQC has 4 regions: South, London, Central and North.
Location URL (column m)
This is the location’s page on the CQC website where you can see the results of CQC checks and download inspection reports.
CQC Location ID (for office use only) (column n)
This is CQC’s unique ID for each place it regulates. You’ll see it is also used as part of the Location URL.
CQC Provider ID (for office use only) (column o)
This is CQC’s unique ID for each provider of care it regulates. You can use it to see all the places where a particular provider of care provides care.

Revision history

What changed

8 October 2012

Started keeping revision history

NB – to be notified of further revisions, we recommend following us on Twitter.

How you can use this file

This information is available under the Open Government Licence, which means you can:

  • copy, publish, distribute and transmit the information, as long as you do this in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and acknowledge the source.
  • adapt the information, as long as you do not misrepresent it or use it to mislead people.
  • use the information commercially, for example by combining it with other information, or by including it in your own product or application.

Before you use the information, you should read the full terms of the licence.

Crediting CQC

If you use our CSV file, please acknowledge somewhere on your site or service that you are using CQC information.

Contact us or send us feedback

If you have questions or feedback please let us know on Twitter at @CQCsyndication or by email to

We capture the reviews and comments that people leave on other websites to help us decide when, where and what to inspect.

These are the websites that we have partnered with to capture information:

Compare Care Homes logo

Good Care Guide logo

Patient Opinion logo

Care Opinion logo

NHS Choices logo


Most Recommended Care logo

The information they share with us can include comments, reviews and ratings.

Partner with us and show the Share Review panel

Your website must meet certain criteria to partner with us.

If you meet the criteria, we can then accept the information that people submit on your website.

When you share information with us, you can also feature the CQC Share Review panel on your website. This shows your visitors about your work to share information with us and feed into the work we are doing to improve services.

Image of the Share Your Review panel

Terms and conditions of the Share Review panel

To use the panel above, you must comply with the terms and conditions of its use and sign a data sharing agreement with us.

You can read the terms and conditions below.

Terms and conditions of the use of the Share Review panel Word | 27.5 KB

Email with the subject line ‘Review Partner Enquiry’ for more information about becoming a review partner and signing a data sharing agreement.


Last updated:
5 May 2015