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Adult Social Care Report Welcomed By Expert

CQC Publishes Findings


A new report which highlights the quality of adult social care services has been welcomed by an expert at Irwin Mitchell.

The Care Quality Commission’s latest publication revealed that 83 per cent of care homes, home care services, nursing agencies and shared lives schemes were either good or excellent this year.

It added that growth would be vital if future needs are going to be met, adding that this would particularly be key as the number of people who require such services is rising.

Sarah Head, who offers specialist advice on health and social care policy at Irwin Mitchell, said: “The CQC Overview of the Adult Social Care Market gives a useful insight into the availability of support for some of the most vulnerable people within our society.

“It is good to see that the overall quality of residential and nursing home care has improved over the past two years, but this must not lead us to become complacent in accepting poor or abusive care in a small minority of homes.
“The regional and local variations in provision of home based or institutional based care may well come from geographical availability of land or movement of people away from the metropolis to more historically welcoming places such as the south west, but does not tell us whether individuals are always able to access to the level of care they need to keep them safe, happy and comfortable during what may be the final years of their life.
“The work done by the CQC in both registering and monitoring standards of residential, nursing and home care services is vitally important, so vulnerable people are not put at risk.”