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Health Services: Inspections

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) planned and (b) unannounced inspection visits the Care Quality Commission has conducted in each month since its inception; and how many (i) planned and (ii) unannounced inspection visits its predecessor organisations conducted in each year since 1997-98. (304769)

The Care Quality Commission has provided the following information.

The information is not available in the format requested.

The Care Quality Commission has completed the following inspections of health and social care providers since 1 April 2009.

2009-10 (up to 30 October 2009)

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

Total

Key inspections completed

1,206

1,325

1,426

1,396

1,181

1,157

827

18,788

Of those, the number which were announced

107

90

41

47

54

73

30

2526

1This includes 84 inspections of NHS trusts and 186 healthcare associated infection inspections that are not broken down monthly.

2 This includes 84 inspections of NHS trusts that are not broken down monthly.

The figures do not include an additional 214 inspections of independent health care providers (143 announced) which are currently under way and not yet completed.

The figures also do not include joint inspections with Ofsted relating to safeguarding. These commenced in June and 11 have been completed.

The following table shows the number of inspections carried out by the National Commission for Social Care and the Commission for Social Care Inspection in previous years.

2002-031

2003-041

2004-05

2005-06

2006-072

2007-083

2008-09

Key inspections completed

41,434

46,768

48,062

47,341

26,676

19,059

15,072

Of those, the number which were announced

25,606

24,226

25,233

13,824

1,734

626

303

1 During 2002-03 and 2003-04 the inspections were carried out by the National Care Standards Commission. From 2004-05 to 2008-09 the inspections were carried out by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

2 The reduction in the number of inspections is due to changes in methodology, changes to statutory inspection frequency plus a focus on poorer performing services.

3 The further reduction in inspection numbers is due to the transfer of responsibility for regulation of children’s services to Ofsted from 1 April 2007.

The following table shows the total number of inspections of independent health care providers for the previous three years carried out by the Healthcare Commission.

2006-07

2007-08

2008-091

Inspections completed

412

865

402

Of those, the number which were announced

373

628

139

1 The reduction in inspections in 2008-09 was due to changes in methodology.

In addition, the following table shows the total number of NHS trusts inspected by the Healthcare Commission against core standards.

Number

2007-08

79

2008-09

84

Note:

This is not the number of individual visits. Some trusts had more than one visit as part of an inspection.

The following table shows the number of health care associated inspections of NHS trusts carried out by the Healthcare Commission. These are all unannounced.

Number

2007-08

120

2008-09

190

Note:

This does not include follow-up visits.

These figures do not include service reviews, clinical audits, or any of the investigations undertaken by the Healthcare Commission.