CQC’ s approach to Adult Social Care

The purpose of the CQC is to make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve. By monitoring, inspecting and regulating services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety plus publishing the finding, including performance ratings, supports and assists people’s choices when it comes to care options.

The health and care system in England has come under increasing pressure during 2014/15, driven by changing care needs and financial demands. Providers and staff are being asked to deliver significant efficiency savings. Many services have responded well - managed to improve or maintain quality, but some people get care that is not acceptable; 7% of services are inadequate and the level of variation in quality witnessed is of concern. Contributory factors to this 7% inadequate quality were staffing levels, understanding and reporting safeguarding concerns, and poor medicine management.

For 2016 and beyond, CQC have devised a plan to ensure standards are improved and maintained in adult social care:

  • Using information gathered to date to build a new strategy for 2016-2021 in co-production with stakeholders and members of the public.
  • Making their model more efficient and effective to include:
    • Risk-based registration
    • Smarter monitoring and insight from data
    • A greater focus on co-regulating with providers
    • More responsive and tailored inspections
  • Looking at the quality of care for populations and places
    • Improving the current inspection approach
    • Going beyond the existing provider-based approach
  • Assessing how providers use the resources available to them.

The CQC 2016-2021 strategy for adult social care impacts every single organisation in West Sussex offering care. At WSPiC, we feel that sharing this information with our organisations offers the chance to improve and maintain their rating and offering the most outstanding care possible. For more information about this presentation, please contact us or visit the CQC website: https://www.cqc.org.uk/content/2016-2021-strategy-consultation.