CQC's report: State of Care - SCIE response

16 October 2014

In 2013/14 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) began to introduce a new, tougher approach to inspecting care services. The more rigorous, expert-led inspections are starting to give CQC a deeper understanding of the quality of health and social care than ever before.

SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter, says:

This important report points to the variation in the quality of health and social care, ranging from outstanding to inadequate. We believe that CQC’s new inspection regimes will help reduce this variation by highlighting where poor quality care exists and by making sure those providers improve. We also want people and organisations to look beyond compliance and towards excellence so that the social care sector, along with health colleagues who work in an integrated way, can continually improve.

Tony goes on to say:

It’s good to see that one of the significant issues raised is safeguarding. SCIE has been urging a stronger focus on safeguarding for several years, and as we continue to develop improvement support for the sector we will, for instance, be able to provide a diagnosis of reasons why a service may have safeguarding problems. Whatever your CQC rating, SCIE supports improvement with free and paid-for support. We’re working with providers, commissioners, people who use services, carers, CQC and others to support the sector.

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