PERFORMANCE: Dartford and Gravesham Trust will be inspected and receive a performance rating under the Care Quality Commission’s new acute hospital inspection programme in December.  

The CQC has set out its timetable for visits to trusts in the first phase of its new inspection regime, being led by the new chief inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards.

The 18 trusts in the first phase of inspections have been split into four groups, to be inspected over the remainder of 2013.

The trusts chosen cover a variety of levels of predicted risk of not meeting standards set by the CQC, ranging from high to low.

Dartford and Gravesham is in group four and will be inspected from 4-6 December. It has a CQC risk rating of “intermediate”.

The regulator will publish detailed narrative reports for each of the trusts set out across the five key questions – safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led – for each of the eight core services the inspections will look at.

It will also publish ratings for the three trusts acting as ratings pilots. These are Royal Surrey, Dartford, and Heart of England.