Defining good in healthcare: substance misuse services: summary

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Care Quality Commission
Care Quality Commission
Date of publication
2 March 2015
Defining 'Good' in Healthcare; substance misuse services
Health Services, Substance Misuse
Social welfare
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In April 2013, CQC published its new strategy ‘Raising Standards, Putting People First’. In this document, CQC stated its intention to redevelop its inspection methodology and the information that is provided to the public following an inspection. 

This change focuses not only on how services are inspected, but also the five key questions which inspectors will ask about services: 

  • Are they safe?
  • Are they effective?
  • Are they caring?
  • Are they well led?
  • Are they responsive to people’s needs?

Qualitative research was commissioned to provide a clear understanding of what the public and service users think ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ look like in relation to substance misuse services. While specialist substance misuse services are not currently rated, these services may be rated in the future. 

In addition, the research explored what information requirements the public have in relation to inspection reports about substance misuse services.