State of Care is the Care Quality Commission’s annual assessment of health and social care in England. The report looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care.
This year’s report shows that the quality of care has been maintained despite a number of challenges. Most people are receiving good, safe care and many services that were previously rated inadequate have made the necessary changes and improved.
The CQC stress that the fact that quality has been maintained in the face of a number of challenges is testament to the hard work and dedication of staff and leaders. However, as the system continues to struggle with increasingly complex demand, access and cost, future quality is precarious.
The report makes the following points:
- Health and care services are at full stretch
- Care providers are under pressure and staff resilience is not inexhaustible
- The quality of care across England is mostly good
- Quality has improved overall, but there is too much variation and some services have deteriorated
- To put people first, there must be more local collaboration and joined-up care
- Full report: State of Care 2016/17