The Care Quality Commission has published its annual report on the state of health and adult social care in England. This report is different in format from it’s two predecessors as a result of being produced under the new regulatory system brought in by the 2008 Health and Social Care Act.
It therefore looks at whether services comply with the essential standards of safety and quality bought in by the act, rather than the old minimum standards. Introduction of the new system means that CQC has only been compiling data on compliance by social care providers for 6 months.
Also, as the Health Select Committee report published yesterday points out, there has been a dramatic drop in the number of inspections of social care services carried out.
Some of CQC’s findings are alarming and show low rates of compliance with the essential standards, particularly by nursing homes and by NHS hospitals. Under outcome 4 – which requires that people experience ‘effective, safe and appropriate care, treatment and support that meets their needs and protects their rights’, only 51% of nursing homes an NHS hospitals are compliant.
They also lag behind on outcome 9, management of medicines, where they both achieve just over 60% compliance, on outcome 16, management of risks to health, welfare and safety, and outcome 7, safeguarding.
The CQC is also planning to launch a new website which will make it easy for people who are looking for a service to see why services have been rated as non compliant.