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CQC Annual Report 2010/11

This is our annual report for the year ending 31 March 2011, our second year as England’s regulator of health care and adult social care services.

During the year, we continued to embed the new system of regulation and the essential standards of quality and safety.

It was a year of immense challenges in a changing landscape of regulation. The Government reinforced our role as the regulator for health and social care services and set out proposals to take on new functions in the future.

We are committed to tackling poor care wherever we find it, and we will continue to build on our systems to do this effectively

Our initial task in the year was to move almost 12,000 adult social care and independent health care providers from regulation under the Care Standards Act 2000 to the new system. We then began to introduce a further 9,000 primary dental care and independent ambulance providers to the regulatory system for the first time. 

At the same time, we began to monitor NHS trusts, and later adult social care and independent health care providers, to make sure they continued to meet the essential standards of quality and safety.

We also continued our important role of monitoring the use of the Mental Health Act to check that the rights of people detained under the Act or on community treatment orders were being protected.

We are committed to tackling poor care wherever we find it, and we will continue to build on our systems to do this effectively.