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Next group of providers to be inspected

13 October 2014

We have announced the next group of acute, community health, mental health and independent providers to be inspected between January and March 2015 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 in acute, community health and mental health will receive an overall rating of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Additionally, each of the 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.

Core services in the mental health sector are different to those in the acute sector. The services we routinely inspect include: neuropsychiatry, services for older people and psychiatric intensive care unit and health based places of safety.

The independent sector will receive ratings from April 2015.

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.

Acute hospitals

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust (specialist provider)
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Combined acute and community

  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
  • York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Community health

  • Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  • Peninsula Community Health

Mental health

  • Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Combined mental and community health services

  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
  • Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Independent providers

  • Barlborough NHS Independent Treatment Centre
  • BMI Blackheath hospital
  • Chilston clinic
  • Clifton Park hospital, Ramsay Healthcare
  • Harley Street clinic (independent hospital)
  • Nottingham Independent Treatment Centre
  • Nuffield Health Bristol – Chesterfield Hospital
  • Spire Liverpool hospital
  • The Spencer Private hospital

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.

Ealing Hospital was due to be inspected in October 2014, but it is now part of London North West Healthcare trust. This trust was recently inspected by CQC. We are instead going to inspect Whipps Cross University Hospital, which is part of Barts Health.

Last updated:
29 May 2017