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Quality of care in a place

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We published three pilot reports in early 2016. We plan to carry out two reviews looking at care in other areas over the coming year.

These will explore how we can encourage improvement in local areas using our inspections alongside the powers we have under section 48 of the Health and Social Care Act to carry out special reviews and investigations.

In these areas we plan to test:

  • how we can combine national data and local intelligence to monitor care
  • how we can collaborate with local stakeholders to respond to local issues and priorities
  • how we can adapt our assessment framework – including our five key questions – to care in local areas
  • whether targeted activity under our section 28 powers – such as case tracking and focus groups – can add to what we can understand about an issue or priority from looking at providers alone.

How this work will help us

This feeds into our strategy for the next five years, which will set out how we'll regulate health and social care services as they change to become more joined up and based on people's individual needs.

We'll also use the findings to:

  • results of the inspections we had carried out in the two areas
  • other data and information from local people, as well as local and national organisations.
  • inform the public about the quality of their local services and how well they work together
  • show care providers and commissioners of health and care where they need to improve to serve local people better
  • highlight findings that show where good joint working has benefited people who use health and care services.
  • test whether information about the quality of care in a place can help drive improvement locally
  • explore how we can better understand the impact of leadership, funding and commissioning on quality across a local area.

Last updated:
30 September 2016