New ambitious equality objectives for health and social care have been published by the CQC.
The new objectives for 2017-19 are designed to ensure that people of all equality groups receive the same quality of care.
Inspectors will check that providers make person-centred care available to everyone, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
They will ensure that providers are meeting the new Accessible Information Standard, which applies to disabled people with information and communication needs.
The CQC will also work to reduce barriers to care for migrants, asylum seekers, gypsies and travellers and will look at how people within equality groups are transferred between services.
The CQC will also focus on the leadership that is required in health and social care to ensure equality, building on the Workforce Race Equality Standards in hospitals.
Not for profit care provider Anchor (see picture) has been running a Comic Relief funded project to help care homes become more LGBT friendly.
Carried out in partnership with Middlesex University the project set out to see how staff training, recruitment and care environments can be improved to make care homes more welcoming for older LGBT people.
An audit tool, which is being released to mark this week’s Red Nose Day, is being made available so care providers can assess the level of inclusivity of older LGBT people living in their care homes.
The tool can downloaded at www.anchor.org.uk