CQC Inspections

Five Key Questions

Preparing for Inspection


CQC inspections are usually unannounced so it’s important that you are prepared.

We can help CQC-regulated, adult social care services to:

CQC inspection preparation consulting
Mock Inspections and Audits from CQC Consultancy Services
CQC Consultancy Services for Managers
CQC Consulting Services are always on hand to help

Audit and Action

Mock Inspection and Audits

We can provide mock inspections on a one-off basis, which can be helpful if you have an area of concern, for example, safeguarding, however, most of our clients prefer them to be held on a regular basis.

Not only does this help with financial budgeting but these are invaluable for ensuring that you are compliant with CQC fundamental standards and are working in line with legislation such as the Health and Social Care Act 2008, Regulated Activates Regulations 2014.
Following the mock inspection, we will provide you with a full audit report looking at the CQC five Key questions.

The same five key questions of all services inspected:

The Heart of CQC Regulation

Are they safe?


you are protected from abuse and avoidable harm

Are they effective?


your care, treatment and support achieves good outcomes, helps you to maintain quality of life and is based on the best available evidence.

Are they caring?


staff involve and treat you with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Are they responsive to people's needs?


Responsive: services are organised so that they meet your needs.

Are they well-led?


the leadership, management and governance of the organisation make sure it's providing high-quality care that's based around your individual needs, that it encourages learning and innovation, and that it promotes an open and fair culture.

Key Lines of Enquiry

We can help you to understand this process and carry out mock inspections and audits to demonstrate your proven commitment to CQC compliance.