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Hospiscare rated Outstanding by Care Quality Commission

12 July 2016
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The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Hospiscare as ‘Outstanding’ overall following an inspection in March 2016.

Inspectors rated Hospiscare, located in Dryden Road, Exeter in Devon ‘Outstanding’ for being effective, caring, well-led and responsive to peoples’ needs and ‘Good’ for being safe.

A full report of the inspection has been published today at:

Deborah Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said:

“We received many positive comments about the care at Hospiscare and it’s encouraging to report that there was an openness to learn and deliver an exceptional level of personalised care.

“Staff had the right skills and knowledge to meet individual needs and should feel proud of the work they do and for the positive support they provide for end of life care

“Staff said morale was excellent and managers were visible, approachable and encouraged with professional development and education to learn new skills.”

“People should always be cared for by services that are safe, effective, caring, responsive to their needs, and well-led. I would encourage other providers to read this report, and the others we have published on services we have rated Outstanding, to see what they can learn.”

The report highlights a number of areas of Outstanding practice, including:

Demonstrating exceptional, forward thinking, and strong person-centred care in line with their clear vision and values, “because we value dying as an important part of living and believe that ‘every day matters’ to people approaching the end of their lives.

Responding flexibly and efficiently to individual needs, people told us that staff acted with care, consideration and compassion, comments included“…I could not have managed without their support” and “I am very safe here.”

Hospiscare worked with a wide range of external services that provided end of life care such as, charities, community health professionals, hospitals and minority groups. For example, Hospiscares excellent end of life care work with the hospital influenced a CQC rating of Good for the hospitals department.

Providing a spiritual service supported by its own chaplain. The chapels were open to people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures and invited people from different religious and cultural groups to visit.

For being exceptionally well-led and managed, with an ethos to continually develop, support and encourage staff to learn and improve skills. Training extended to other care homes, GPs, prisons, medical students and schools.

Hospiscare went the extra mile to ensure people needs were met and people experienced a comfortable and dignified death in a place of their choosing. Feedback from the national website iWantGreatCare showed that 100% of people would recommend Hospiscare. 


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Last updated:
29 May 2017

Notes to editors


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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.