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State of Care report 2010/11

Welcome to our annual report on the state of health and adult social care in England. It covers the year from April 2010 to March 2011.

In this section of our website, you can read about people’s experience of access to care, the choice and control they have when using these services and the quality of the care they receive.

As with the report last year, we have looked at outcomes for people and have taken a broad view across the public, private and voluntary sector services.

The year covered by this report was the first in which we operated under a new piece of legislation, the Health and Social Care Act 2008. Accordingly, there is no comparison with the data from the past two reports we have published on the state of care in England.

Despite this lack of comparison, we are still able to see an emerging picture of improvements in some areas and others where more work is needed. The NHS has continued to make advances in infection control but management of medicines and the use of restraint are in need of improvement.