The introduction of Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care homes was included in the Government response to the Francis Inquiry report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. This Nuffield Trust report concludes that there is a gap in information for the public and recommends that rating individual wards, departments and clinical services within hospitals might be helpful. It recommends use of Ofsted-style ratings for care homes and adult social care providers too, and potentially for GP practices.
“The Nuffield Trust was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health to review whether ratings of provider performance should be used in health and social care”.
Section headings in the main report comprise:
- Ratings in health and social care: a brief history.
- Quality in health care.
- Quality in social care.
- Purposes of a rating.
- Designing a rating.
- Which organisation? Some implications of introducing a rating system.
- Concluding remarks.
- Appendix 1: Engagement process.
- Appendix 2: Advisory Group.
- Appendix 3: Care Quality Commission’s regulated activities.
- Appendix 4: Care Quality Commission’s essential standards.
- Appendix 5: Health care landscape and quality initiatives.
- Appendix 6: Examples of initiatives in selected countries to improve the availability of publicly reported data on the quality of health care.
- Appendix 7: Using performance information to make choices in health care: lessons from abroad.
- Appendix 8: Lessons from performance benchmarking in Germany.
- Appendix 9: Nursing Home Compare: evidence of using information on facilitating choice and improving performance.
Rating providers for quality: a policy worth pursuing? A report for the Secretary of State for Health. London: Nuffield Trust, March 2013.
There is also an Executive Summary.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].