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CQC rates The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability as requires improvement

15 July 2020
Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability as Requires Improvement (RI) overall. Previously it was rated as Good.

The hospital was rated Requires Improvement for being safe, and Good for being effective, caring and responsive. Following an inspection in February this year, the hospital moves from Good to Requires Improvement for being well-led.

Dr Nigel Acheson, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals said: “We found staff at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability to be caring, and we found examples of good local leadership within services. However, we found weaknesses in safeguarding processes and governance systems which meant there was the potential for people’s safety to be at risk.

“We have told the hospital where they must improve, to build on previous work improving safety for people using their services. We will be monitoring this service and return in due course to check on the progress being made.”

Although routine inspections have been paused, CQC’s regulatory role and core purpose of keeping people safe has not changed – safety is still the priority.

CQC is listening to what people are saying about services during this time to help detect any changes in care. If there is evidence people are at immediate risk of harm, CQC can and will take action to ensure that people are being kept safe. People can give feedback to CQC via the details below. 


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Last updated:
15 July 2020

Notes to editors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CQC’s immediate focus is on supporting providers to keep people safe during a period of unprecedented pressure. 

CQC will continue to collect insight and intelligence about the quality of care from existing data sources, providers, healthcare staff, stakeholders, and the public, and will work closely with system partners to ensure additional support is in place where needed.

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.