The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced the 12 acute, community and mental health providers that it intends to inspect in November 2015 as part of its comprehensive programme of inspections.
The inspections – which are carried out by a mixture of inspectors, clinicians, and experts by experience – will assess whether the service overall is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led.
The November inspections are: Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust; Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust; Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust;
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust; East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust; Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Combined mental health and community health services; Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.
The CQC will also be inspecting Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, which is an inspection of prison services involving the hospital, adult social care and primary medical services teams.
Following the inspection, each provider will receive an overall rating of either: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Additionally, the CQC has said that each of the eight core services will also be rated in the same way to provide performance information at a service, hospital and trust level.
The CQC has confirmed that it expects to complete its inspections of acute NHS trusts by the end of March 2016, and inspections of acute specialist, mental health, community healthcare and ambulance trusts by the end of June 2016.