Today the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has released the 2016 State of Care report. The report provides an overview of health and social care in England, highlighting areas of good and poor performance as well as showcasing examples of high-quality care in various settings.
The State of Care report also identifies factors that have helped providers achieve and maintain good or excellent care and discusses inequalities in care for people at the end of their lives.
Commenting on the CQC report, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK said:
“We are concerned about the stark variation in end of life care services in acute hospitals and it is worrying that more than four in ten services are rated as either inadequate, or requiring improvement. The health and care system must redouble its efforts to ensure that everyone approaching the end of life is fully supported and receives the best possible care.
“The report clearly also raises some sobering questions about the future sustainability of good quality care provision overall, especially given the combined pressures of an ageing population and challenging economic conditions.
“We are very pleased that hospices are consistently rated the best overall by the CQC compared to other care services, with 93% of hospices rated as good or outstanding.
“Hospices have a well earned reputation for providing high quality compassionate care and this report highlights the potential to replicate their successful approach on a much wider scale. For example, through partnerships between hospices and care homes which are helping ensure that more people are supported to die in their care home, instead of in hospital."
See the full report on the Care Quality Commission website.
Notes to editor
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
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