The Care Quality Commission checks whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting government standards. Visit our website at www.cqc.org.uk.
Notifications are changes, events or incidents that you must inform us about. There are several different types of notification and the type you need to make will depend on the type of service you provide or work in.
These must be made by all services registered under the Health and Social Care Act (HSCA). This includes all NHS trusts, independent healthcare, adult social care, primary dental care and independent ambulance providers.
The process differs slightly for NHS trusts than from other providers. You can find out more about which events and changes you will need to notify us about and how to do so on the pages below.
Mental health notifications
Services providing care to people detained, or liable to be detained, under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) must make additional notifications to us. These relate to when patients of these services receive certified treatment, are absent without leave or die.
Child safeguarding notifications
Primary Care Trusts are required to notify us during the initiation of every child protection serious case review. This information may feed into our regulatory activities.
Accountable officer notifications
Every NHS trust and independent hospital in England must appoint an accountable officer to be responsible for the safe management of controlled drugs. We must be notified of the details of the person appointed to this role.
Ionising radiation notifications
Providers of services using ionising radiation such as for x-rays or radiopharmaceuticals are required to inform us about Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IRMER) incidents where exposures are at a level 'much greater than intended'.