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More providers to be inspected under new approach

23 July 2014
  • Public

We have announced the next batch of acute and community healthcare providers to be inspected between October and December as part of our new approach.

The inspections –  which are carried out by a mixture of inspectors, clinicians, and experts by experience – will assess whether the service overall is: safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

Following the inspection, each provider will receive an overall rating of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Additionally, each of the eight core services such as maternity and accident and emergency, will also be rated in the same way to provide performance information at a service, hospital and trust level.

The providers listed below are being inspected for different reasons. These include trusts that are hoping to secure foundation status, hospitals that are priorities for inspection and those that are low risk, following CQC’s analysis of information,  following up on concerns raised regionally, a commitment to inspect different types of trusts in different parts of the country and following up on concerns raised by other regulators.

  • Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ealing Hospital NHS Trust
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • Leeds Community Healthcare
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
  • Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
  • Sussex Community NHS Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust     

CQC wants to hear about experiences of care at these services. You can do using our share your experience form or by calling the helpline on 03000 616161. We will also hold a number of public listening events ahead of selected inspections where you can talk with an inspector about care at that service. These will be publicised through local media.

Intelligent monitoring

Today, CQC also publishes the third set of intelligent monitoring reports for acute and specialist NHS trusts.

We look at more than 150 different pieces of data (indicators), including information from staff and patient surveys, mortality information and hospital performance information such as waiting times and infection rates. Together with local information from partners and the public, our monitoring helps us to decide when, where and what to inspect.

We have taken the results of our intelligent monitoring analysis and grouped the 160 acute and specialist NHS trusts into six priority bands for inspection which are based on the possibility that people may not be receiving safe, effective and high quality care. We do not include the trusts which have already been inspected which we categorise as “recently inspected”.

Trusts in band 1 are our highest priority for inspection and those in band 6 are the lowest. By the end of December 2014, we will have inspected all of the 24 trusts rated in the priority band 1 under the new approach.

CQC uses the indicators to raise questions about the quality of care. We do not use them on their own to make final judgements. This will only happen once CQC has carried out an inspection.

We have made the following changes to the indicators since we last published intelligent monitoring reports in March 2014:

  • Introduction of how well trusts responded to various patient safety alerts
  • Introduction of scores from the Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) programme, which look at the environment in which care is provided, as well as looking at non-clinical services such as cleanliness, food and hydration.
  • Inclusion of Monitor’s Financial Risk Rating in addition to the Governance Risk Rating previously used.
  • Changes to the indicator used from the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme – which aims to improve the quality of stroke care by auditing stroke services against national standards

Find out more about intelligent monitoring and read our frequently asked questions.

Last updated:
29 May 2017