The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.
The CQC regulates care provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies and voluntary organisations.
The CQC has four aims:
- To drive improvement across health and adult social care
- To put people first and champion their rights
- To act swiftly to remedy bad practice
- To gather and use knowledge and expertise and work with others
The CQC was formed in April 2009 when three previous regulatory bodies – the Health Care Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission – were merged.
From 1st April 2010, all NHS trusts have to be registered with the CQC as part of a new, tougher system for regulating standards.
To be registered, trusts need to demonstrate they can meet 16 new core standards of quality and safely, which the CQC constantly monitors. The Trust is compliant with these standards.
For more information about the CQC, log on to www.cqc.org.uk.