Evaluating our hospital inspection model: Report by Manchester Business School and The Kings Fund – 30 July 2014
“A report we have published today evaluates the first two waves of our new style hospital inspections.
The report covers inspections carried out in 18 hospital trusts between September 2013 and April 2014.
The evaluation, by researchers from Manchester Business School and The King’s Fund was commissioned by us as part of our ‘learning by doing’ approach.
The authors found that the new approach commands strong credibility, in particular through the use of specialists to inform assessments, and the granular detail of ratings within services rather than at provider level, with the report stating:
“Overall CQC’s new acute regulatory model receives more or less universal endorsement from stakeholders, not least from the hospitals themselves, and is seen as transformative in comparison with the form of regulation it replaces. It is regarded as much more credible, authoritative, rigorous and in-depth and much less likely to miss any issues of significant concern.”
The new inspection method was evolving even as the evaluation was carried out, and will continue to evolve. The report will inform that evolution.”
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