The CQC have a range of powers they can use to carry out their role, these include:
Registration: All organisations that provide health and social care must be registered with the CQC. This includes hospitals, GPs, dentists, care homes and home care agencies.
Inspection and ratings: The CQC carry out regular inspections of all registered organisations to check that they are meeting essential standards of quality and safety. They will give each provider a rating from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’.
Investigations: If the CQC have concerns about a registered organisation, they may carry out an investigation. This could be in response to a complaint or information from whistleblowers.
Enforcement: If the CQC identify serious problems at a registered organisation, they can take enforcement action. This can range from giving advice and support to closing down the service.
Working with other agencies: The CQC work closely with other agencies to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of people who use health and social care services. This includes the Police, local authorities and the NHS.