CQC to conduct further health and social care system reviews

The CQC has announced a further eight local authority area system reviews of health and social care.

Currently, the CQC is carrying out systems reviews of 12 area reviews which it has begun to report on.

CQC Chief Executive David Behan said: “People should be able to expect good, safe care when they need it, regardless of how this care is delivered. And yet we know there is wide variation in how health and social care systems work together, with some local systems working together effectively to ensure people get the right care, while others struggle to do so – these reviews will seek to examine why these levels of variation exist.

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“Our intention is that the review findings will highlight what is working well and where there are opportunities for improving how the system works, enabling the sharing of good practice and identifying where additional support is needed to secure better outcomes for people using services.”

The eight additional areas are: Bradford; Cumbria; Hampshire; Liverpool; Northamptonshire; Sheffield; Stockport; and Wiltshire.

The reviews, exercised under the Secretaries of State’s Section 48 powers, will look specifically at how people move between health and social care, including delayed transfers of care, with a particular focus on people over 65 years old.

On completion of the reviews, the CQC’s findings will be reported to each local authority area’s health and wellbeing board and published at

An interim report bringing together a summary of our findings so far is planned to publish shortly.


The author Lee Peart

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