Guidance for providers

Look up information for your sector, including guidance about regulations, how to register with us, what incidents you must notify us about and what we look at when we carry out inspections.


You must register with us to carry on any of the activities we regulate. You also need to let us know if your registration details change.

Sectors and service types

3 women talking in a care home

Care homes, home care, specialist colleges, extra care, supported living and Shared Lives schemes

2 women facing each other at a desk

NHS GP practices

2 nurses looking at a document in a folder

NHS acute, ambulance, community health, mental health and substance misuse services

A woman talking to a medical professional

Includes private GP services and clinics providing primary care

a dentist talking to a patient who is lying back in a dental chair

Includes dental surgeries, services that visit people in their homes and out-of-hours emergency services

a woman using a smartphone

Services that offer consultation, diagnosis or treatment online only

a man talking on the phone

Includes NHS 111 and GP out-of-hours services

healthcare professional pushing a woman in a wheelchair down a hospital corridor

Independent hospitals, ambulances, community health, hospices, mental health and substance misuse services