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CQC launches new digital innovations to improve transparency around care services

29 November 2012

On Thursday 29 November the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is launching a raft of new digital improvements including an email alert service, an information sharing CQC Widget and improved historical information on care homes.

The email alert service will allow people to sign up for the most up-to-date standards and quality reports about care providers across England. The alerts will provide direct, timely and reliable access to CQC activity about health and social care providers.

The alerts service will continue to be developed and expanded to enable all users (including Commissioners, MPs and Journalists) to tailor their subscription by all types of services (Hospitals, Care Homes, Dentists and Other Services) as well as by geographical area, local authority or constituency.

The CQC widget gives one click access to the latest CQC inspection reports and findings.  Organisations regulated by the CQC will be able to embed a summary of their inspection results on their own websites, and include a link to the full report on the CQC site.  The reports tell the public whether organisations providing health and social care services meet our national quality and safety standards.

Over 770 organisations have snapped up the widget so far after its soft launch on 8 October 2012and a number of major directory sites are using the widget including the Good Care Guide, Compare Care Homes, and Find Me Good Care which was recently launched by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

When providers and locations are no longer registered with the CQC, their profile pages on our website have historically been removed. This has meant inspection reports are no longer available for those services. But from Thursday CQC will start making these available to the public, allowing them to see the histories of care at a particular location. More than 8,000 location profiles and 2,500 inspection reports will become available again on the website.

The new service will allow people to find out about the history of care in an area as well as the services currently operating. These services include those where:

  • The provider has voluntarily closed it – for example, a hospital relocated to a new site or a care home closed because it is no longer profitable.
  • We have taken enforcement action to close it – for example, a clinic whose registration is cancelled after our inspectors found evidence of poor care or abuse.
  • The legal entity providing the service has changed – for example, a dental surgery where a sole trader has been replaced by a partnership as the provider.
  • A service has changed address – for example, a care home that moves to a new building around the corner to take advantage of better facilities.

Chair of the Care Quality Commission, Dame Jo Williams said: “These new digital services are an important step in making it as easy as possible for people to find the information they want. They bring valuable CQC information about the quality of services to a wider audience, helping individuals make informed choices about care.”

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.