It is the responsibility of NHS provider boards to ensure care is high quality and safe, and strong and proactive local leadership can create a culture in which issues can be raised and rectified when they arise. However, regulation also has a role to play, in particular in building public confidence and assuring standards of care for patients and the public.
Each year we survey trust leaders on their experiences of regulation over the previous 12 months. See below for our reports, which outline the results of our annual regulation surveys. Based on these results and the ongoing dialogue we have with our members and the regulators, we explore both the benefits and the burden of regulation, as experienced by NHS trusts and foundation trusts, and consider how the burden may be impacting on their ability to drive improvement and service change, and what needs to change to mitigate this.