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The Care Quality Commission checks whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting government standards. Visit our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

Our strategy and business plan

We are changing the way we work in 2013 to 2016.

We are making radical changes to the way we inspect and regulate health and social care services to make sure they provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care, and to encourage them to make improvements.

We will make sure that, above all else, we are always on the side of people who use services and always put their interests first.

The changes we are going to make are set out below. They will apply to most services and will be developed with our staff, providers of health and social care services, the public and others.

What will we do?

We will:

  • appoint Chief Inspectors for hospitals and social care and support, and consider appointing a Chief Inspector for primary and integrated care.
  • ask the following five questions when inspecting services - are they safe, effective, caring, well led and responsive to people's needs?
  • develop new fundamental standards which focus on these five areas and work with the public, people who use services, providers of health and social care services, professionals and our partners to do so.
  • make sure that inspectors specialise in particular areas of care and lead teams that include clinical and other experts and Experts by experience (people with experience of care).
  • introduce national teams in NHS hospitals that have specialist expertise to carry out in-depth reviews of hospitals with significant or long-standing problems.
  • introduce a clear programme in failing NHS trusts to make sure immediate action is taken to protect people.
  • predict, identify and respond more quickly to services that are failing, or likely to fail, by using information and evidence in a more focused and open way, including listening better to people’s views and experiences of care.
  • improve our understanding of how well different care services work together by listening to people’s experiences of moving between different services.
  • work more closely with our partners in the health and social care system to improve the quality and safety of care and co-ordinate our work better.
  • publish better information for the public, including ratings of services.
  • introduce a more thorough test for organisations that are applying to provide care, including making sure that named directors, managers and leaders commit to meeting our standards and are tested on their ability to do so.
  • strengthen the protection of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.
  • build a high performing organisation that is well run and led, has an open culture that supports its staff, and is focused on delivering its purpose.

These changes will come into effect in NHS hospitals and mental health trusts first. This is because we recognise that there is an urgent need for more effective inspection and regulation of these services. We will then extend and adapt our approach to other sectors in 2014 to 2016.

Download our full strategy for more information on the changes we will be making to our work.

Business plan for 2013/14

Our business plan outlines our key priorities for 2013/2014 and the work we will do to achieve them.

Visit Business plan for 2013/14 for detailed information on how we will achieve our purpose in the first year of our new strategy.