The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It registers providers of health and social care and monitors them against the terms of their registration on an ongoing basis.
If the CQC has a concern about the quality of care being delivered at an NHS foundation trust, they will inform Monitor so that we can ascertain whether the concern could lead to a foundation trust being found in breach of its terms of authorisation. Likewise, if Monitor is made aware of any issues regarding the provision of healthcare by a foundation trust which we feel would help the CQC in its regulatory capacity, we will communicate this to them.
All foundation trusts and their governing bodies have been assigned a local CQC member of staff with whom they can build a local relationship and share information about how their own foundation trust is performing. You may send information to the CQC about the quality and safety of any health or social care service at any time to help them ensure services meet their standards.