CQC encourages agencies and public to cooperate to improve care services

The Care Quality Commission has added its support to the first annual National Coproduction Week, an initiative by the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s (SCIE) that encourages beneficiaries and service providers of care to share best practice ideas.

CQC says that the first ever National Coproduction Week, which takes place this week, is an important initiative that highlights the contribution of people who use services and carers who deliver them, and should lead to the development of better public services.

“We believe that working with the public and providers to develop the way we do our job provides valuable insight into how our proposals will work in practice and ensures we remain focused on what matters most to the people we serve. We believe we can make a difference to the quality of care together,” CQC says in a statement.

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The regulator says that it already leads or works with coproduction groups including Experts by Experience, Local Healthwatch network, its mental health user panel, its children and young person advisory group and its public online community.

“We all have a contribution to make and our work at CQC is enriched and enhanced by the different perspectives each of these groups can bring,” said Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care.

“I have long been convinced of the value of working in coproduction with people who use services, carers and their representative groups as well as providers, staff and other partners,” she adds.

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