Care Quality Commission—inspections and reviews
Produced in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane and Neil Grant of Gordon's Solicitors
Care Quality Commission—inspections and reviews

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane and Neil Grant of Gordon's Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Care Quality Commission—inspections and reviews
  • What is the CQC?
  • The relevant legal framework for inspections and reviews
  • Reviews and performance assessments
  • Types of inspection
  • Inspections of NHS trusts
  • Inspections of GP practices
  • Independent healthcare services
  • Inspection of adult social care providers
  • Who carries out inspections?
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other measures, makes provision to introduce changes to the Care Act 2014 duties on local authorities when needed during management of the pandemic. For details, see News Analysis: The Coronavirus Act 2020 and its impact on social care provision. It further amends mental health and capacity legislation together with making changes to hospital discharge legislation, see News Analysis: Coronavirus (COVID-19) legislation—Changes to Mental health provisions. The CQC has announced revised guidance for providers together with suspension of routine inspections. For further information, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social care tracker and Coronavirus (COVID-19)—healthcare tracker.

This Practice Note sets out the powers and practice of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) when conducting inspections and reviews of registered care providers.

What is the CQC?

The CQC is a non-departmental statutory body, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care, responsible for regulating health and social care services in England, as well as protecting the interests of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MeHA 1983). See Practice Note: Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The relevant legal framework for inspections and reviews

The CQC’s inspection and review powers, and statutory requirements, are set out in the following:

  1. Health and Social Care Act 2008 (HSCA 2008)

  2. Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated

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