Themes in health and social care

Page last updated: 28 March 2023

We carry out reviews and specific inspection programmes that focus on particular themes or aspects of health and social care – including pathways of care, groups of people or services.

What do we do when we carry out a review?

When we carry out a review, we:

  • Agree what we want to find out and describe how our work will help support improvements in care.
  • Listen to the experiences of people, their families and carers.
  • Collect and review data about the theme we are reviewing.
  • Carry out inspections to observe care where appropriate.
  • Speak to staff who provide care and also, for some reviews, commissioners of care.
  • Analyse the evidence we collect.
  • Publish a report of our findings and make recommendations.
  • Evaluate the impact of the review.

Findings from completed projects

How you see me matters: perspectives of autistic people using primary care services

Experiences of being in hospital for people with a learning disability and autistic people (Who I am matters)

Ethnic minority-led GP practices: impact and experience of CQC regulation

Safety, equity and engagement in maternity services

Learning, candour and accountability: A review of the way NHS trusts review and investigate the deaths of patients in England

My diabetes, my care: Community diabetes care review

Building bridges, breaking barriers

Clinical risks in newborn babies and care for infants who need respiratory support

Safe data, safe care: Data security review

Briefing: Learning from serious incidents in NHS acute hospitals

People's involvement in their own care

End of life care

Mental health crisis care

Dementia care

Transition arrangements for young people with complex health needs

Dignity and nutrition for older people

Review of home care services

Review of learning disability services

Are we listening? A review of children and young people’s mental health services

Review of children and young people's mental health services: Phase one report

Older projects

Information and reports from older thematic work are archived. You can find information about older projects on the National Archives website.