14th Jan 2020
A word (or two) of warning from National Care Association…
Weeks into the New Decade, disappointingly, we have little signal from the shiny new government of the promise to address the challenges of social care. However, what we have been given this year is an additional challenge with no indication of how providers are going to meet it!
19th Dec 2019
Coroner's Court Support Service
Coroners’ Court Support Service is a charitable organisation which offers practical and emotional support to those involved in an inquest whether as a relative or friend of the deceased or someone called as a witness.
19th Dec 2019
Education training for care home staff relating to end of life care
10th Dec 2019
Confidence in Care: Annual Newsletter
Now available to download
5th Dec 2019
Annual Social Care Reception: Celebrating Social Care
Once again we were delighted to have the opportunity to host members and supporters of National Care Association at the House of Commons for Afternoon Tea.
19th February 2019
CQC Declare Your Care campaign
New research for CQC shows people regret not raising concerns about their care – but those who do raise concerns see improvements
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for people to speak up about their experiences of care, as new research* shows that almost 7 million people in England who have accessed health or social care services, in the last five years have had concerns about their care, but never raised them**. Of these, over half (58%) expressed regret about not doing so.
The most common reasons for not raising a concern were not knowing how (20%) or who (33%) to raise it with, not wanting to be seen as a ‘troublemaker’ (33%) and worries about not being taken seriously (28%). Over a third of people (37%) felt that nothing would change as a result.
However, when people did raise a concern or complaint, the majority (66%) found their issue was resolved quickly, it helped the service to improve and they were happy with the outcome. The research is being published today by CQC to mark the launch of their ‘Declare Your Care’ campaign. The campaign is encouraging people to share their experiences of care with CQC to support its work to improve standards of care in England.
The majority of people who did raise a concern or complaint were motivated by a desire to make sure that care improved for others. This included wanting to improve the care they, or a loved one, had received (61%) and improve care for everyone using the service (55%) with a smaller number also hoping for an apology or explanation (26%).
The main reasons given for raising, or wanting to raise a concern, were delays to a service or appointment, lack of information and poor patient care. Additionally, over a fifth indicated that they have raised or wanted to raise concerns about the lack of communication between health and care services.
Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said;
“Our annual State of Care report shows that most people are getting good care, a real testament to the hard work of the many people working across Health and Social Care in this country.
“We know that when people raise a concern they have a genuine desire to improve the service for themselves and others. We also know that the majority of services really appreciate this feedback and make positive changes, as this new research shows.
“Hearing from people about their experiences of care is an important part of our inspection work and contributes to driving improvements in standards of care. Everyone can play a part in improving care by directly giving feedback to services, or by sharing information and experiences with us so that we can take action when we find poor care. Sharing your experience also enables us to highlight the many great examples of care we see.”
Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage said;
“We want the NHS and social care system to provide the safest, most compassionate care in the world. This means encouraging patients to speak up with concerns, ensuring we act on them and learning from what happened so we can do better in future.
“That’s why I encourage anyone who has concerns over their care, or the care of loved ones, to share their experiences with the Care Quality Commission - so they can continue their vital work of protecting patients and improving the excellent care we see across the health service.”
You can share your experience of care, on behalf of yourself or a family member, at www.cqc.org.uk/sye
For media enquiries about the Care Quality Commission, please call the press office on 020 7448 9401 during office hours.
Also, follow the team on Twitter for the latest national announcements: @CQCPressOffice.
Journalists wishing to speak to the press office outside of office hours can find out how to contact the team here: www.cqc.org.uk/media. (Please note: the duty press officer is unable to advise members of the public on health or social care matters).
For general enquiries, please call 03000 61 61 61.
Notes to editors
*The consumer research was conducted between 29 November 2018 and 14 December 2018 with 2,002 people in
England who have had a health service (NHS and private) or social care experience in the last 5 years (either as a patient
or carer). You can access further information on the data www.cqc.org.uk/declareyourcare...
** Based on 15.5% of people surveyed in England aged 16+ who are a carer or a patient who have not complained but
have had concerns
CQC do not have responsibility for resolving individual complaints, however CQC encourages people who experience or
know about poor care to inform the regulator to inform their inspection programme.