Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the inspector and regulator for health and adult social care facilities in England.
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The CQC makes sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage care services to improve.

They monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and they publish what they find, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

You can search their inspection of services here

They set out what good and outstanding care looks like and they make sure services meet fundamental standards below which care must never fall.

What are the fundamental standards?

Where they find poor care, they will use their powers to take action.

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