CQC reports first drop in nursing provision in five years

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The number of nursing homes and nursing beds has fallen for the first time in five years, according to the CQC.

In yesterday’s report to its board meeting, the CQC said number of nursing homes fell from 4,697 to 4,633 in 2015-2016, with the number of beds down from 224,674 to 224,026, the first decline in five years.

The CQC attributed the drop to difficulties in recruiting and retaining nurses.

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It said: “The quality of nursing home care continues to be rated lower than other adult care services, with 36% currently rated requires improvement and 4% rated as inadequate.”

A recent Skills for Care report revealed that 9% of the 47,000 nursing jobs in adult social care were vacant and that over a third of nurses had left their post in the last year, resulting in an increased dependency on agency staff.

Avery Healthcare managing director John Strowbridge revealed to Care Home Professional this week that his business had cut its nursing provision by a fifth due to higher costs.

He called for greater Government support to halt the decline in care home nursing provision (see Avery calls for greater nursing support).

In further news, the CQC board report noted that of 3,353 return inspections of homes rated inadequate or requires improvement, 1,493 (45%) had improved their overall rating, 1,528 (46%) had not changed and 10% had deteriorated.

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