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NHS inspections for September 2015 announced

27 April 2015
  • Public,
  • Community health services,
  • Hospitals,
  • Mental health community services,
  • Mental health hospital services

We have announced the 10 acute, community and mental health providers that we will inspect in September 2015, as part of our comprehensive regime.

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 will also be rated in the same way to provide performance information at a service, hospital and trust level.

Our inspection regime allows us to get under the skin of services better than ever before and to provide a clear picture of what care is really like. We hope this encourages improvement and helps people to make informed choices about their care. As of Friday 24 April, we have rated two NHS trusts as Outstanding, 26 as Good, 50 as Requires Improvement and 10 as Inadequate.

The providers listed below have been selected for their planned, comprehensive inspections for different reasons. These include hospitals that are priorities for inspection and those that are low risk, following CQC's analysis of information, following up on concerns raised regionally and a commitment to inspect different types of trusts in different parts of the country.

The 10 providers to be inspected in September are:


  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mental health

  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Combined acute and community health services

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust
  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Combined mental health and community health services

  • Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

We will continue to announce our comprehensive inspections on a monthly basis and give NHS providers 20 weeks' notice ahead of their planned inspections, which also include unannounced elements.

As outlined in our business plan, we expect to have completed our inspections of acute NHS trusts by the end of March 2016, and our inspections of acute specialist, mental health, community healthcare and ambulance trusts by the end of June 2016.

Last updated:
10 May 2018