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CQC's Chief Inspector celebrates first top ratings for adult social care in England
The Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Andrea Sutcliffe, is today congratulating England’s first three adult social care services which have achieved the highest possible rating in providing safe, high-quality and compassionate care.
Published in reports today, CQC has named Prince of Wales House (Ipswich) along with two home care companies – Home Instead Senior Care (West Lancashire and Chorley) and Robert Owen Communities – Domiciliary Care East Devon (based in Exeter) – whose services are judged to be Outstanding.
Today’s top ratings follow on from the launch of the regulator’s new style inspections and ratings system in October 2014 to be clear whether residents are receiving services that are safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led.
Since then, 350 adult social care services nationally have so far been awarded a CQC rating. Around 70% of these are rated as Good.
Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission, Andrea Sutcliffe, said: “I am tremendously pleased to be able to congratulate our very first Outstanding adult social care services in England.
“Each one has demonstrated that excellent care is being provided by dedicated and committed staff who are passionate about making a difference for the people they support.
“The launch of our new approach to inspecting and rating services last October set out clear and important criteria on how providers can demonstrate they are delivering good or better care and effectively tackling any problems.
“Through performance ratings, we will continue to celebrate the very best services and shine a spotlight on those providers that fail to do the right thing to help people when it comes to choosing care.
“Everyone using adult social care services deserves to experience really great care. I am determined that we use regulation to drive forward rapid improvement and help make the ‘Mum Test’ real.
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: “I am delighted these three care services have been awarded the first ever Outstanding ratings following an inspection - this is testament to the hard work and determination of staff in ensuring a safe and caring environment, where people are treated with dignity and respect.
“We’re committed to making sure people get the good care they deserve – these are great examples of how excellent care can be achieved by all care services.”
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- Last updated:
- 30 May 2017
Notes to editors
- The first Outstanding ratings for adult social care have been awarded to two home care services and one care home.
- Photos of Outstanding adult social care are available on our Flickr page
- As of Monday 5 January 2015, CQC has awarded ratings to 350 adult social care services, with 245 judged as Good, 81 as Requires Improvement and 24 as Inadequate. By March 2016, CQC expects to have rated every adult social care service in England as Outstanding, Good, Requires, Improvement or Inadequate.
- There are 26,310 adult social care services registered with the Care Quality Commission across England. These are:
- 17,350 residential social care homes with and without nursing
- 8,110 domiciliary care services
- 350 hospices
- 51 specialist college services
- 64 community based services for people with a learning disability
- 10 extra Care housing services
- 115 shared Lives services
- 260 supported living services
- More information on CQC’s performance ratings can be found here.
- More information on the ‘Mum Test’ is available here.