Care Quality Commission – The state of healthcare in England 2016/17
The Association was invited to the unveiling of the Care Quality Commission’s report “The state of healthcare and adult social care in England 2016/17” on 10th October.
CCQ Chief Executive Sir David Behan presented the main findings of the report, commissioned by the Department of Health to an audience of some 100 interested parties, including several MPs and members of the House of Lords.
The report is the most comprehensive review of the standards of care provided by a nation State in the world, reflecting data from some 30,000 inspections adult and social care settings; NHS acute hospitals and community hospitals; mental health trusts, independent healthcare providers; NHS ambulance services and primary medical care services.
The report confirms that standards of care are improving on the whole, but areas of concern remain, the main points highlighted by Sir David included:
- health and care providers are at full stretch and are under pressure to sustain high levels of patient care.
- a long term sustainable solution is needed for the future funding of adult and social care; the population is living longer and has more complex health needs
- that the quality of care across England is mostly good
- whilst quality has improved, there is too much variation and in some cases services have deteriorated
- more collaboration is required across health and social care providers to meet the increasingly complex needs of patients
- there are excellent examples of collaboration that need to be replicated across England – GP’s in particular being singled out for their innovation and use of non-traditional roles to support patients in the community and prevent unnecessary hospital admission
- staff recruitment and skill mix remain a concern in most sectors
The report will now be laid before Parliament for consideration.