Hi I am Nicola and along with my HWLincs team members, I am looking to engage with Lincolnshire people to help make a difference and influence change.

This page is dedicated to one of our projects, carry on reading for more information.

Nicola Clarke, HWLincs Operations Development Manager

Get Involved and Have Your Say on…

The future of CQC inspections, making them flexible and responsive.


This work is currently open and closes on the 30th May 2021

HWLincs is supporting the national Care Quality Commission (CQC) consultation by carrying out a consultation on the flexible and responsive changes CQC plans to make regarding inspections of GP practices and hospitals.

Who are we looking to engage with?

We want to hear from people from the three categories below. These groups are among a number of groups being approached nationally to get differing views on the real impact of any changes to CQC inspections.


People with physical disabilities

Parents and carers of young people with health and care needs

How do we want to hear from people?

There are a few different ways people can get involved. If any of these suit you, please contact us at enquiries@hwlincs.co.uk with which group you represent and then let us know how you’d like to be involved either by:

  • Small Focus Group. These will take place on Zoom or Teams from mid to late April. Let us know if you’d like to be notified and take part.
  • Socially Distanced one-to-one. We appreciate that it is not always possible for people to share their views online, so we are able to support a small number of socially distanced one to one meeting in line with the government’s guidelines. Where this is not possible we will look at other options like a phone call, email or 1.1 Zoom or Teams session.

You can of course get involved in more than one activity if you wish and we will be happy to have you there.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to know a lot about CQC and their work before I take part?

No, although it is useful to know what the Care Quality Commission do, but we will give an overview of their work in all our engagement options.

Will I be reimbursed for my time?

This is a voluntary activity so there will be no reimbursement for time, however if you require a phone call or a one-to-one then we will either call you or arrange a visit close to where you live.

What will happen with my information?

By agreeing to be involved in this work your views and experiences will be shared with CQC who may use them within their final national published paper, however these will be kept anonymous. Once we have finished the work all personal details of participants, including any recordings will be destroyed by HWLincs. The Care Quality Commission will have copies of the question responses, recordings meetings and our final report.

What happens at the end of the work?

CQC will bring together all the information they find out across the consultations and during June 2021 write a report. This may include the changes to their inspection processes that you will have helped shape. Keep revisiting this page and we include any final information and reports published by the CQC here.

What do I do if I am keen to contribute my views and experiences but need additional support?

Please let us know by emailing enquiries@hwlincs.co.uk and we will do our best to ensure we are as inclusive as possible.

I work health and social care; can my views still be included?

Yes absolutely, if you are in one of the three population areas it is your experience that counts not what job you do.

I worry about taking part in focus groups because I never get a chance to speak, why will this be different?

Our focus groups are intended to be small, around 3-6 people. They will be facilitated by a lead person and everyone will be invited to share their views on the questions. Each focus group will have some basic rules where we expect people to be kind and allow others to have a voice, however we still need to make sure that the meeting starts and finishes on time so we shall share some rules at the beginning of each session to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible.

I want to do some reading up on the changes before I take part, where can I find that information?

The online survey and the focus groups include a basic overview of the changes, however if you want to read the full consultation document it can be found here, or if you want to look at the Easy Read version it can be found here.

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