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NEWS: Care Quality Commission published The state of health care and adult social care in England 2016/17

The state of health care and adult social care in England 2016/17, is the CQC’s annual assessment of health and social care in England and looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care.

In there letter to the public Peter Wyman CBE DL, Chair and Sir David Behan CBE, Chief Executive, CQC stated: “This year's State of Care has shown that the quality of health and social care has been maintained despite some very real challenges. Most people are receiving good, safe care and many services that were previously rated as inadequate have recognised our inspection findings, made the necessary change and improved. The fact that quality has been maintained in the toughest climate most can remember is testament to the hard work and dedication of staff and leaders. However, as the system continues to struggle with increasingly complex demand, access and cost, future quality is precarious.

With the complexity of demand increasing across all sectors, the entire health and social care system is at full stretch. The impact on people is particularly noticeable where sectors come together – or fail to come together – as the complex patchwork of health and social care strains at the seams.

A great deal has been achieved in exceptionally challenging circumstances. We must now build on this in order to realise a future where people receive personalised, consistent, high quality care and are able to access that care when they need it - whether that's delivered in an acute hospital, a nursing home, a community mental health service, a GP surgery or a person's own home. We know that staff and leaders can't work any harder. Everybody's focus must now be on working more collaboratively – looking out, not just in – to create a sustainable and effective health and care system for the third decade of the 21st century.”

The report also states the “CQC will encourage the move towards coordinated care by increasingly reporting not just on the quality of care of individual providers, but on the quality of care across areas and coordination between these areas, reflecting how people access and experience this care”.

Download the full report here

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