Indicators

NHS mental health trusts’ CQC ratings

This chart shows the ratings of mental health trusts across five domains measured by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), as well as their overall ratings. For each domain, you can view the ratings for trusts from outstanding to inadequate. We have also produced a briefing document that provides ratings by individual provider.

The chart is based on the trust ratings as of 31 May 2021 and the briefing provides the situation as of 1 July 2021. The ratings for the 50 existing mental health trusts and foundation trusts are unchanged between the chart and the briefing. North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust is no longer a provider as of 1 June 2021.

Policy context

The CQC monitors, inspects and regulates services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety.

When inspecting acute hospitals, specialist mental health services and community health services, the CQC gives ratings based on five key questions relating to the areas above.

By law, trusts are required to display their CQC ratings in a prominent place where people who use their services can easily see them.

These ratings provide a useful marker in understanding NHS funding, performance and capacity of the system and its impact on safety and quality of care.

Note: CQC ratings for individual trusts are updated on an ad hoc basis. The charts above will be updated quarterly, but the table will be updated more frequently. 

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