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Care Update (Issue 2)

Welcome to our second Care Update report which looks at the quality of health and social care provided to people between April and December 2012.

We’ve brought together the findings from our inspection reports and themed reviews, the views and experiences of people who use services and data from other sources to produce this report.

The report focuses on the impact that dementia is having on the quality of care that people receive. You’ll also find out about the number of services that are providing a good quality of care compared to those that need to make improvements, and the progress that services have made since the findings in Our first Care Update.

What does care look like in England?

By the end of December 2012, we had inspected 24,276 adult social care, NHS, private health care and dental services.

This can be broken down by:

 

The increase in the number of people with dementia has put pressure on services to provide the right quality of care.

Find out how health and social care services are coping with this pressure and how it is impacting people with dementia.

Read more in Care Update: Impact of dementia care.

By 31 December 2012, 650 (83 per cent) of NHS services that we had inspected were meeting all of the standards we checked.

An additional125 services were not meeting at least one standard and we had to take enforcement action against another four NHS services.

Read more in Care Update: NHS.

By 31 December 2012, 15,160 (80%) of adult social care services that we had inspected were meeting all of the standards we checked.

3,749 services were not meeting at least one standard and we took enforcement action against another 149 services.

Read more in Care Update: Adult social care.

By 31 December 2012, 1,262 (89 per cent) of the private health care services that we had inspected were meeting all of the standards we checked.

The number of services that were not meeting at least one standard had decreased by seven per cent, and we took enforcement action against seven services.

Read more in Care Update: Private health care.

By 31 December 2012, 2,772 (92 per cent) of dental services that we had inspected were meeting all of the standards we checked.

Another 244 services were not meeting at least one standard, and we took enforcement action against five other services.

Read more in Care Update: Dental services.