SCIE press release

Nuffield Trust - performance ratings

22 March 2013

The Nuffield Trust has today published its review into whether the Government should introduce Ofsted-style performance ratings for adult social care providers - as well as hospitals and general practices.

I would like to congratulate the Nuffield Trust on their thoughtful, comprehensive report, "Rating providers for quality: a policy worth pursuing?" We know from the development of SCIE's online advice and information service, Find Me Good Care, that people value reliable, credible information to support them with decisions about care. I was pleased to share our experience with the Nuffield Trust as a member of the advisory group and to encourage full consideration of the social care perspective in the review. Dr. Jennifer Dixon and her colleagues certainly did that.

The review suggests that the introduction of a rating system may be more favourable for providers for social care, but points out there is much to do to ensure that such a system is effectively designed and successfully implemented. SCIE would be happy to contribute our expertise to the further work that will need to take place if the Secretary of State decides to pursue a ratings system for social care providers.

SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, who was a member of the advisory group on the review.

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