England’s health regulator screens hospitals to identify which to inspect first

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 25 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6494
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

England’s Care Quality Commission has published a list of 19 hospital trusts chosen for early inspection, on the basis of a new risk profiling tool. Nine of these are identified as posing the highest risk under the commission’s “intelligent monitoring system,” which uses data from 150 performance indicators, including feedback from patients, death rates, and staff surveys.1

The trusts to be inspected also include some already inspected by Bruce Keogh, the NHS’s medical director, on the basis of their high mortality scores,2 and some aspirant foundation trusts that the regulator of these trusts, Monitor, has asked the commission to take a closer look at.

Eight mental health trusts and community health services will also be inspected, not because they are considered to be at high risk but to help the commission test and develop …

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