The CQC has been asked by the Secretaries for Health and for Communities and Local Government to reviews health and social care systems in 12 local authorities.
The initiative will include the review of health and social care commissioning and an assessment of the governance in place for the management of resources.
David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, 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.
“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 review will look at how people are moved between health and social care, including delayed transfers of care with a particular focus on the elderly.
A further eight sites for review will be identified in the coming months and once all 20 reviews have been completed, the CQC will be publishing a national report of our key findings and recommendations.