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Care Quality Commission (CQC): Inspection Changes Underway
From the 2nd April, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is starting to introduce improvements to the way it inspects health and social care services.

The changes, which will be phased in, mean that CQC will inspect most services more often. It will inspect most hospitals, care homes and domiciliary care providers at least once a year. It will inspect dental and other services at least once every two years.

The regulator will continue to re-inspect those services that fail to meet the government standards and will inspect any service at any time if there are concerns about poor care.

Read more on the CQC website

Review of Learning Disability Services Post Winterbourne View

On 21 March 2012 The Care Quality Commission (CQC)  published a further19 reports from a targeted programme of 150 unannounced inspections of hospitals and care homes that care for people with learning disabilities.

The programme is looking at whether people experience safe and appropriate care, treatment and support and whether they are protected from abuse. A national report into the findings of the programme will be published later this year.

These inspections covered locations that provided a range of services including assessment and treatment, rehabilitation and longer term care.

Inspections were focused on two outcomes relating to the government’s essential standards of quality and safety: the care and welfare of people who use services, and safeguarding people who use services from abuse.

Find a list of services inspected and the results on the CQC website – including easy read versions.