Inspections by the Care Quality Comission
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the organisation responsible for ensuring that health and social care services in England – including hospitals, care homes, dental practices and GP surgeries – provide safe, high-quality care.
The CQC regularly checks services to ensure they meet national standards for quality and safety, and is in the course of introducing new-style inspections which will rate services as outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.
What’s the standard?
The national standards are set by parliament and can be found on the CQC website.
How are we doing?
The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (L&D) achieved an overall rating of ‘good’ from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016, with some services rated ‘outstanding’.
In its report published on 3 June 2016, the CQC rated the L&D as ‘outstanding’ for being ‘well led’ and ‘responsive’, ‘good’ for providing ‘effective’ and ‘caring’ services and ‘requires improvement’ for being ‘safe’.
The CQC were particularly impressed by services in Urgent and Emergency care, Children, young people and families, and Outpatients and Diagnostics (eg X Rays, blood testing), all of which were rated as ‘outstanding’.
Maternity and Gynaecology, Surgery, and End of Life care services were rated ‘good’.
The CQC inspectors also identified some areas for improvement which the Trust recognises and has already begun to address.
Find out more
For full details, visit the CQC website and see also ‘Chief Inspector of Hospitals rates Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Good’
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