A guide to CQC Regulator Ratings and how you can use this information to inform discussions with your consultant.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the regulator of all health and social care services in England. They inspect every hospital and provide a rating for how effective and safe each hospital is. They look at five key areas when inspecting hospitals: whether the services are safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led.

The overall CQC rating is very useful for comparing different hospitals, and the ratings in each inspection area show where the hospital is doing well or needs to improve.

Hospitals with lower scores are likely to have developed an action plan for making improvements. You should ask your consultant or the hospital about areas for improvements before making final treatment choices.

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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