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NHS trust inspections for November 2015 announced

29 June 2015
  • Public

We have announced the 12 acute, community and mental health providers that we will inspect in November 2015, as part of our comprehensive programme.

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 Monday 30 June, we have rated:

  • 2 NHS trusts as Outstanding
  • 28 as Good
  • 58 as Requires Improvement and;
  • 11 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 of acute and mental health services and a commitment to inspect different types of trusts in different parts of the country.

The providers to be inspected in November for comprehensive inspections are:


  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Mental health

  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Community health

  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust

Ambulance services

  • East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Combined acute and community health services

  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Combined mental health and community health services

  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

We are also inspecting Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, which is an inspection of prison services involving the hospital, adult social care and primary medical services teams.

Our inspections that are in response to particular concerns (for example, based on information that we have received) will continue to be unannounced.

As outlined in our business plan, we expect to complete 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:
29 May 2017