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Services we regulate

  • Public

We monitor, inspect and regulate services that provide health and social care.

Activities we regulate include:

  • Treatment, care and support provided by hospitals, GPs dentists, ambulances and mental health services.
  • Treatment, care and support services for adults in care homes and in people's own homes (both personal and nursing care).
  • Services for people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.

A-Z of services we regulate

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We inspect both NHS and independent ambulance services.

Reports on ambulances

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Care homes

We inspect care homes across England, including residential and nursing homes.

About care homes | Reports on care homes

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Children's services

We work in partnership with other inspectorates to inspect health services for children.

About children's services and reports

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Services we inspect include family planning and slimming clinics.

About clinics | Reports on clinics

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In the community

We inspect community-based services including services for people with learning disabilities and substance misuse services.

About community services | Reports on community services

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We inspect more than 10,000 dental services.

About dentists | Reports on dentists

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GPs and doctors

We inspect GP practices, walk-in centres and out-of-hours services.

About GPs and doctors | Reports on GP services

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We inspect hospice services that provide care for people who have life-limiting conditions or are at the end of their lives.

Reports on hospices

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We inspect both NHS trusts and independent hospitals.

About hospitals | Reports on hospitals

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Mental health

Mental health services that we inspect include those for detained patients.

About mental health services | Reports on mental health services

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Secure settings

We carry out joint inspections with HMIP.

About services in secure settings and reports

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Services in your home

We inspect home care agencies, mobile doctors and services over the phone.

About services in your home | Reports on services in your home

Last updated:
8 November 2016