Care Homes: Closures

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 30th April 2019.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Independent, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many residential and nursing homes have closed permanently (a) nationally and (b) in the North West region since 2016.

Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Independent, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many residential and nursing home beds were available in each of the last five years in the (a) UK and (b) North West.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department does not hold data on the number of care home closures since 2016. However, data from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is available on the change in the number of care homes in England, which reflects both openings and closures over time.

Due to the devolved nature of social care, figures are only available for England and the North West. These are taken from averaging across quarterly CQC data.

The CQC’s data shows that there were 16,839 care homes in England in January 2016 compared to 15,738 in April 2019, giving a net reduction of 901 homes, a 6.5% reduction.

However, the total number of beds in England has remained relatively stable since 2016 because the average size of a care home has increased over that period. There were 461,793 beds in January 2016 compared to 456,333 beds in April 2019, a 1.2% reduction.

The CQC’s data shows that there were 2,039 care homes in the North West in January 2016 compared to 1,914 in April 2019, giving a net reduction of 105 homes, a 6% reduction.

However, the total number of beds in the North West has remained relatively stable since 2016 because the average size of a care home has increased over that period. There were 63,005 beds in January 2016 compared to 61,704 beds in April 2019, a 2.06% reduction.

Nationally, England has seen a decrease of 1.5% in the number of residential and nursing beds from January 2015 to April 2019.

Year

Average Number of Residential and Nursing Beds

2015

463,792

2016

460,763

2017

459,920

2018

459,001

2019

456,924

In the North West, there has been a decrease of 2% in the number of residential and nursing beds from January 2015 to April 2019.

Year

Average Number of Residential and Nursing Beds

2015

63,282

2016

62,969

2017

62,657

2018

62,200

2019

61,920

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