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CQC Inspections conference bannerCQC inspections for some big NHS hospitals have brought as many as 80 inspectors visiting at once. Private hospital managers are hoping they visit them by coach because they fear their car parks are too small to cope.

Inspectors may be around for four days – and make sudden visits at nights and weekends when hospitals do not expect them.


Check the drafts

CQC inspectors can get it wrong, so check their draft reports for accuracy and ensure corrections before publication. One doctor said he thought mistakes could happen because it appeared report-writers did not start from scratch every time; they pasted in data from reports on other units.

The first CQC report under its new private regime found Nuffield Health Tees Hospital safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led.


Take users’ view

Tip from consultant physician Dr Linda Patterson, of The Royal Ortho­paedic Hospital NHS Trust and an inspection team chairman: Put yourself in the patient’s shoes – ‘What does it feel like to be a patient or visitor, carer or relative in this organisation?’