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CQC announces next phase of Trust inspections

The CQC’s new hospital inspection programme is due to enter its second phase in January, with 19 Acute Trusts named as the next Trusts to be inspected: these will be the first trusts to be given ratings by CQC.

The first phase of inspections started in September, and by December 2015 CQC will have inspected every NHS Trust. Each inspection seeks to answer five questions about services: are they safe, caring, effective, well-led and responsive to people’s needs? Inspectors will then make a judgement about the quality and safety of the care people receive there. Care will be rated as outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.

The Acute Trusts to be included in the second phase have been selected for a number of reasons: they may receive an inspection because they are showing as higher risk under the new intelligent monitoring system; they may show as having an intermediate risk that allows CQC to test the intelligent monitoring tool; or they may be aspirant Foundation Trusts that Monitor has asked CQC to look at. The next wave of inspections will also be following up on Trusts inspected by Sir Bruce Keogh.