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What we do

A CQC inspector talking to practice staff

How we monitor, inspect and rate

We make sure care services are safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led.


What we do

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

Standards of care

We set out what good and outstanding care looks like and we make sure services meet fundamental standards below which care must never fall.

What are the fundamental standards?

Where we find poor care, we will use our powers to take action.

How we work

How we use information

We use information and evidence throughout our work, including people's views and experiences of care.

How we work with people

We work closely with the public, other organisations and local groups across everything we do.

Special inspections and visits

An inspection sheetWe carry out a range of inspections and visits in addition to our regular regulation and inspection programme.


Who we regulate


A patient in a hospital bed talking to a nurseWe inspect both NHS trusts and independent hospitals.

GPs and doctors

A GP checking a man's blood pressureWe inspect GP practices, walk-in centres and out-of-hours services.

Care homes

an older woman with two carersWe inspect care homes across England, including residential and nursing homes.

Other services we regulate include dentists, ambulances and mental health services. Browse the full list.