The Care Quality Commission (CQC) review of the quality of care provided by hospitals, care homes and GP practices in England, published earlier this month, discloses information about the persistence of unjustifiable variations in quality and safety. Safety, safeguarding and leadership have been identified as requiring improvement. SCIE has plans to use information obtained through inspections to push improvements, based on examples of best practice.
This report presents a thorough overview of the state of care, as of 2013/14, across the following sectors:
- Adult social care.
- Hospitals, mental health care and community health services.
- Primary medical services and integrated care.
“In 2013/14 we began to introduce a new, tougher approach to inspecting care services. Our more rigorous, expert-led inspections are starting to give us a deeper understanding of the quality of health and social care than ever before”.
Read more: State of Care 2013/14. Care Quality Commission.
State of Care 2013/14. London: Care Quality Commission, October 2014.
This relates to:
The state of health care and adult social care in England 2013/14. Presented to Parliament pursuant to section 83(4)(a) of Part 1 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed on 16 October 2014. London: Care Quality Commission, October 17th 2014. HC 691.
There is also an Executive Summary.
Support for Care Providers on Care Quality Improvement: Mapped to CQC Inspection Questions (SCIE)
The CQC, from October 2014, inspects all adult social care services in England and assesses them against the following inspection questions / criteria. SCIE has presented a list of selected resources to assist service providers, carefully mapped to help test / measure whether particular services are:
- Safe: i.e. are people are protected from abuse and avoidable harm?
- Effective: do care, treatment and support achieve good outcomes, promote a good quality of life and are they evidence-based?
- Caring: are staff involved and treat people with compassion, dignity and respect?
- Responsive to people’s needs: do services actually meet people’s needs, promptly?
- Well-led: are the leadership, management and governance of each organisation suited to high-quality person-centred care? Do they support learning and innovation, with a culture of openness and equity?
Improvement support for care providers. London [Online]: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), October 2014.