NHS: Inspections

Department of Health written question – answered on 31st January 2017.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full inspections of NHS trusts and foundation trusts the Care Quality Commission undertook in 2016-17, and in each of the previous three financial years; and how many inspections in each year were (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) requires improvement and (d) inadequate.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and Adult Social Care in England. The CQC has provided the following information:

Number of CQC comprehensive inspections and ratings of NHS trusts and foundation trusts

Comprehensive Inspections

2016/17

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

Number of comprehensive inspections

68

105

93

44

Total number of Outstanding

5

3

1

0

Total number of Good

7

35

22

6

Total number of Requires Improvement

19

61

57

13

Total number of Inadequate

4

6

6

3

Awaiting rating

33

N/A

N/A

N/A

Not formally rated

N/A

0

7

22

Notes:

The numbers above include all CQC ratings that have been awarded which covers first ratings and subsequent ratings issued which may have changed in some cases.

It also includes inspections that were carried out when the new inspection methodology was being implemented and as such formal ratings were not awarded.

The 33 ‘awaiting rating’ for 2016/17 means that these trusts have been inspected, but their rating is still being assessed and agreed.

The CQC completed its comprehensive inspection programme of all acute NHS trusts in England in March 2016 so any acute trusts that are awaiting rating will have been the subject of re-inspection.

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