Just 1% of adult care services inspections have been rated ‘outstanding’ according to the CQC’s latest annual assessment of the sector.
The CQC’s State of Care report found that despite challenging circumstances 71% of adult social care had been rated ‘good’ following inspection.
David Behan, chief executive of the CQC said: “The good news is that, despite challenging circumstances, most people are still getting high quality care and there are encouraging levels of improvement taking place.
“This is something to celebrate. However, there continues to be wide variation in quality, some providers are struggling to improve and there is emerging evidence of deterioration in quality.”
Some people still received very poor care, the CQC added, with 2% of adult care services being rated ‘inadequate’
Around three-quarters (76%) of adult care services that had been rated ‘inadequate’ were able to improve their ratings further re-inspection.
A further 23% went from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ with 53% going from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’.
The report adds that 47% of providers that were re-inspected following a rating of ‘requires improvement’ were not able to improve their rating.
In 8% of cases the quality of care had deteriorated so that the rating was downgraded to ‘inadequate’.
WCS Care led by Christine Asbury (pictured) is the care home leader reporting its fifth outstanding rating last week (see WCS Care is first to five Outstanding ratings).
To read the full report, click here.