Over 100 elderly people are suffering injuries in care homes every day, according to data obtained by the Sunday Times.
The CQC figures show a 40% rise in serious injuries, including broken bones, infected pressure sores and burns, over five years.
The number of serious injury reports rose from 26,779 in 2012 to 38,676 in 2016.
A number of heavy fines have been issued to care home providers in recent week over safety failings which have led to injury.
Orchard Care was fined £680,000 after a resident fell 30ft from a bedroom window (see Orchard Care fined £300,000 over 30ft bedroom fall).
Not for profit provider Anchor received a £210,000 fine after a man died from his injuries when his pyjamas caught fire while he was smoking a cigarette (see Anchor fined £210,000 over fire death).
Andrea Sutcliffe, the CQC’s Chief Inspector of Adult Care, said: “People living in care homes and their families want to be reassured that those in charge are doing everything they can to support their health and wellbeing, including making sure their services are as safe as possible.
“I am glad that care home providers are notifying us of serious injuries that occur within their services, as this openness and transparency encourages their own learning and drives improvement in quality and safety.
“Our analysis continues to show that most care homes in England are providing good, safe care and we are seeing some improvements in quality. Good care providers are those that learn from and minimise the risk of serious injuries. Safe, high-quality care is what everyone living in a care home has every right to expect.”
The CQC used new powers to increase enforce action by 75% in 2016/17, according to its latest annual report (see CQC uses new powers to step up enforcement action).