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CQC launches national review of dementia care

11 December 2013
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11 December 2013

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to carry out focused inspections of some 150 care homes and acute hospitals to review how people with dementia are cared for in England.

CQC will explore the care and support that these services provide for people with dementia and in doing so, draw common themes on what works well and what needs to improve on a national level.

The announcement comes on the day that Government hosts a G8 summit in London on developing coordinated global action to prevent, delay and effectively treat the condition.

David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said: “670,000 people in England are estimated to have dementia and the number is expected to double over the next three decades.We know that these people are often vulnerable because of their condition and can rely on a number of services across health and social care to support their physical, mental and social wellbeing.

“There is a real need to explore why people with dementia may not be receiving high quality care, as well as how the different services work together.

“This is the first time that CQC has undertaken a review, which specifically looks at the care services that people with dementia use and rely on. It will address the key issues that these people face, such as why admissions to hospital from care homes are higher for people who have dementia compared to those who do not have the condition.

“Our findings will draw conclusions on a national scale about what works well and where improvements are required.”

Specifically, these inspections will focus on:

  • how people living with dementia are supported to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing
  • how effective care can reduce admissions to hospital from care homes and avoid unnecessarily lengthy stays
  • how care services can work together when there is a need for people to move between services

All of CQC’s inspections will be unannounced. For every service inspected, CQC will publish a report detailing its judgments and any required improvements.

As well as this, CQC will publish a national report in May, which will highlight the key themes on a national level.

CQC wants to hear from people with dementia, or the relatives and friends of people with dementia, and their carers about their experiences, such as of moving between hospitals and care homes (for both emergency and non-emergency admissions). These will inform part of the commentary for the national report.

They can do this on CQC’s website or through Age UK, Dementia Action Alliance, Regional Voices, Dementia Advocacy Network, the Race Equality Foundation and local Healthwatch.


For media enquiries about the Care Quality Commission, please call the CQC press office on 020 7448 9401 during office hours or out-of-hours on 07917 232 143. For general enquiries, please call 03000 61 61 61.

Notes to Editors

  • Visit Themed inspection programme on dementia care for further information on our review.
  • Visit G8 Dementia Summit for further information about the summit on 11 December 2013. 
  • Last month, CQC  published its fourth annual State of Care report for 2012/13, which revealed that among people living in care homes, hospital admissions for avoidable conditions were 30% higher for those with dementia compared to those without the condition. This can have a huge impact on people’s health and care outcomes. For further information, download the full report below.

About the Care Quality Commission

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.

Last updated:
30 May 2017