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The following table shows the number of site visits completed by the CQC in each quarter of the financial year April 2010 to March 2011. The CQC brought forward a number of inspections into quarter 1 in order to have accurate information for the registration of services under the Health and Social Care Act 2008. Site visits undertaken on a risk basis to check declarations made during the registration process may not be captured in the table.
|Period||Number of site visits|
|1 April 2010 to 30 June 2010||3,570|
|1 July 2010 to 30 September 2010||353|
|1 October 2010 to 31 December 2010||570|
|1 January 2011 to 31 March 2011||1,972|
The CQC’s methodology does not prescribe a set frequency for visits. In line with the principles of risk-based regulation, the CQC carries out visits in line with its judgment of risk when these are the most effective way of gathering information about compliance. This means the CQC targets its resources on providers where the risk is highest, while reducing the regulatory burden on providers where the risk is low.
Across its regulatory scope, the CQC has capacity to undertake 15,000 to 20,000 responsive reviews over a one-year period, the vast majority of which it anticipates to include a site visit. This does not reflect the full extent of its site visit regime.
Site visits will therefore take place wherever necessary and it is not possible to predict the number which will take place in each quarter of the year 2011 to 2012.