The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) today published plans to award star ratings to England’s adult social care providers.
It hopes the ratings will help local authorities and the public to compare the quality of the country’s 28,000 care providers.
The consultation, which runs until 14 November, proposes that services will be awarded one to four stars depending on their performance.
Providers will also be assessed on the seven outcomes outlined in the health and social care white paper
Performance against these will be presented in graph form on CSCI’s website.
The new scheme will come into force in summer 2007.
CSCI chief inspector Paul Snell said the ratings would build on the national minimum standards system to help improve choice, highlight good practice and place the spotlight on poor-performing services.