The Care Quality Commission (the Commission) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. Its purpose is to “make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care, and to encourage them to improve”. The Commission is a non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department of Health (the Department). The Committee of Public Accounts last took evidence from the Department and the Commission in 2012. In its report the Committee expressed serious concerns about the Commission’s governance, leadership and culture, and its failure to intervene quickly or strongly enough in failing providers of health or social care services. The Commission has since been working with the Department to implement significant changes, under a three-year transformation programme between 2013–14 and 2015–16.
Prepared 9 December 2015