Care Homes: Standards

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) independent and (b) local authority-controlled care homes were placed under special measures by the Care Quality Commission in each year since 2009-10.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.

Since 1 April 2015, any adult social care provider rated “Inadequate” by the CQC has been placed in Special Measures. Such providers will have six months to improve. If they fail to do so, their registration may be cancelled and they will exit the market. If they show significant improvement at the six month point, they will have a further six months to demonstrate that they can maintain that improvement. If they do, they will come out of Special Measures.

Number of Care Homes With a Published Inspection, by Financial Year of Inspection

2015-16

2016-17

Care homes placed in Special Measures with a published inspection1

353

418

Total care homes with a published inspection

9,462

7,108

Percentage of inspected care homes placed in Special Measures

4%

6%

1Includes inspections with the decision type of 'Continue Special Measures'. Some care homes were placed in Special Measures more than once and are counted within both financial years.

The CQC is not able to separate private and council-run services. We are currently looking at the way in which we record and report on adult social care information.

The CQC can only report on adult social care Special Measures from 1 April 2015 when it was introduced.

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