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Services we regulate

  • Public

We monitor, inspect and regulate services that provide health and social care.

Activities we regulate include:

  • Treatment, care and support provided by hospitals, GPs dentists, ambulances and mental health services.
  • Treatment, care and support services for adults in care homes and in people's own homes (both personal and nursing care).
  • Services for people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.

Types of services


We inspect both NHS and independent ambulance services.

Reports on ambulance services

Care homes

We inspect care homes across England, including residential and nursing homes.

Find a care home | Reports on care homes

Children's services

We work in partnership with other inspectorates to inspect health services for children.

About children's services and reports


Services we inspect include family planning and slimming clinics.

Find a healthcare clinic | Reports on clinics

In the community

We inspect community-based services including services for people with learning disabilities and substance misuse services.

Find services based in the community | Reports on community services


We inspect more than 10,000 dental services.

Find a dentist | Reports on dentists

GPs and doctors

We inspect GP practices, walk-in centres and out-of-hours services.

Find a family doctor/GP | Reports on GP services


We inspect hospice services that provide care for people who have life-limiting conditions or are at the end of their lives.

Reports on hospices


We inspect both NHS trusts and independent hospitals.

Find a hospital | Reports on hospitals

Mental health

Mental health services that we inspect include those for detained patients.

Find a mental health service | Reports on mental health services

Secure settings

We carry out joint inspections with HMIP and other inspectorates.

About services in secure settings and reports

Services in your home

We inspect home care agencies, mobile doctors and services over the phone.

Find services offering care in the home | Reports on services in your home

Last updated:
22 July 2019