ANALYSIS: Big is not beautiful

Our analysis of CQC outstanding rated homes bears out the maxim that big is clearly not beautiful in the eyes of the regulator.

As the table below shows half of the top six in the outstanding league table (WCS Care, Mrs KA Rogers and Clifton St Anne’s) have outstanding homes with an average of less than 50 beds – the CQC’s definition of a large home.

The total average number of beds for the top six’s outstanding homes is 51 but this number is skewed by the fact that The Royal British Legion’s two top rated homes average 90 beds – no mean achievement in itself given the greater success of smaller homes!

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Without The Royal British Legion, the overall average number of beds for outstanding homes among the top six would be well under the CQC’s 50-bed plus large home criteria, at just 42.

 

 

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