The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the regulator of all healthcare services in England. They inspect and rate each hospital, providing an overall rating which is made up of scores across five ‘quality domains’: whether the services are safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led.
CQC ratings can be viewed as an assessment of quality. While the overall score is a very useful comparator, ratings within the domains show where the hospital is doing well or needs to improve. Where a lower score has been given, a hospital is likely to have developed an action plan for implementing improvements. You should ask your consultant or the hospital about areas for improvements before making final treatment choices. The CQC rating also highlights where care is good or outstanding.
Below you can compare the CQC ratings of hospitals across England by clicking labels and graphs to filter and refine your search.
When comparing it’s helpful to remember that CQC ratings for NHS hospitals will cover all services delivered at that site, including services such as A&E which are not typically delivered in independent hospitals.
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