CQC Finds 13 Central Region Adult Care Facilities 'Require Improvement'

Expert Medical Negligence Lawyers Call For Improved Standards Across Adult Social Care

15.04.2015

Expert medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have called for immediate improvements in adult social care standards after 13 of 33 facilities in Central England inspected by the Care Quality Commission were deemed to require improvement.

Under the latest CQC inspection programme, all adult social care services are rated according to whether they are well led, safe, responsive, caring, compassionate and effective.

The adult social care facilities found to require improvements were in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire

Sue Howard, Interim Deputy Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care in the Central region, said: "Where we find that services are not good enough, we will give a rating of Requires Improvement or Inadequate. If we find that a service requires improvement, we will expect them to provide us with a full plan setting out how they will address the issue.

She added that the organisation also considers taking further action on behalf of the people who use the service to ensure improvements are made.

Ian Christian, a Partner and expert medical negligence lawyer, who has represented those affected by poor standards in care homes, as well as their loved ones, said: 

Expert Opinion
It is extremely concerning to see such a large proportion of the services inspected by the CQC require improvement.

“In our work, most notably representing those affected by the problems at the Orchid View care home, we have seen the devastating impact poor standards of care can have on the vulnerable people who rely on these services.

“Highlighting the failing facilities is an important first step. However, it is now absolutely crucial that those services highlighted as requiring improvement take the necessary steps to bring their care up to the standards expected by the CQC, and more importantly, those who use the services on a regular basis.
Ian Christian, Partner