The King's Fund worked with Manchester Business School to evaluate the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) acute hospital regulatory model. We examined how the new approach to acute hospital inspection works, how well it measures hospitals' performance, how it is implemented and what impact it has, through fieldwork with the NHS trusts and foundation trusts undergoing inspections between October 2013 and April 2014.
The work was led by Professor Kieran Walshe, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Manchester Business School. Professor Walshe has a longstanding interest in health care regulation, as well as wider interests in researching organisational peformance and quality in health care.
It is clear that the CQC is making radical, rapid and evolving changes to the acute hospital regulatory model. We hope that our work will help contribute not just to the CQC's work in the acute sector, but to its plans for differentiated regulatory design in other areas of health and social care and to the wider evidence base on health care regulation.