Be prepared for your inspection

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Prepare for inspection or respond to the outcomes of a recent inspection using practical resources and online tools from Skills for Care. 

You can use our resources to work on specific areas needing improvement or as part of your on-going work to grow and strengthen your service.

Use this free guide to help develop the people working for your organisation and strengthen your team. This resource has been downloaded by over 10,000 care organisations in England. 

Use Care Improvement Works to quickly find resources that will help you improve, grow or develop your service. Resources from Skills for Care, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and NICE have been mapped to the CQC’s Key Lines of Enquiry, so you can choose the resources that'll help you in the areas you want to target most.

This (Care Improvement Works) is vital for understanding what is expected for my company to be able to pass a CQC inspection at a high standard.Manager, Homecare Agency

Our Well-led programme is made up of four practical workshops exploring live issues, challenges and practical examples of being well-led. Managers are supported to develop leadership skills that can be applied at work. We’re collecting expressions of interest now and you can register interest by emailing

Access details of the CQC’s provider regulations as well as their resources for regulated providers. 

If you upload your information to the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) and you give permission, your information will be shared with CQC to help complete the PIR and inform inspections.

The NMDS-SC is a great way of comparing your organisation with others across the sector and helps us to learn more about the adult social care workforce, such as how many workers you have on average, or how much they are being paid. 

Our easy to use Good and outstanding care guide gives a view of what really good care and support is, and critically how to make it happen. 

The guide showcases different approaches to achieving best practice, including recommendations and practical examples across 25+ topics closely linked to the CQC inspection process.

It looks at the various ways that services rated as good and outstanding plan for inspection, deliver the care that is needed and celebrate their achievements.  

If you feel like you need a little bit of extra help, we can offer you tailored in-house support to deliver practical solutions around CQC workforce requirements.