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

The national standards

Want to find out if a particular care service is meeting national standards?

To find out about a particular care service, search our directory using the search box (above).

National standards

Find out more about the standards care services have to meet and see real examples of how they are met. You can also find out about how we enforce standards and read some of our real inspection cases.

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Mental Health Act

Find out about your rights under the Mental Health Act, and read about the work of our Mental Health Act Commissioners who meet with patients being treated under the Act.

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Find out more about how we protect people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and make sure that they are not harmed, abused or neglected. You can also download and read our safeguarding protocol.