Who are the CQC
The CQC are the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.
They make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage care services to improve.
Find out more about the CQC’s future strategy for health and social care on their website (opens in a new window): https://www.cqc.org.uk/about-us/our-strategy-plans/our-strategy-2016-2021
The 5 key questions the CQC ask all care services they inspect.
Are they safe?
Safe: you are protected from abuse and avoidable harm.
Are they effective?
Effective: your care, treatment and support achieves good outcomes, helps you to maintain quality of life and is based on the best available evidence.
Are they caring?
Caring: staff involve and treat you with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.
Are they responsive to people's needs?
Responsive: services are organised so that they meet your needs.
Are they well-led?
Well-led: the leadership, management and governance of the organisation make sure it's providing high-quality care that's based around your individual needs, that it encourages learning and innovation, and that it promotes an open and fair culture.
How do we use the five key questions in our inspections?
Each of our five key questions is broken down into a further set of questions. These are known as key lines of enquiry. When inspections are carried out, the CQC use these to help us decide what they need to focus on. For example, the inspection team might look at how risks are identified and managed to help them understand whether a service is safe. The CQC use different key lines of enquiry in different sectors.
Using key lines of enquiry helps to make sure The CQC are consistent in what they look at under each of the five key questions and that they focus on the areas that matter most.