The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today announced the first batch of adult social care ratings under the new inspection regime introduced earlier this month.
Speaking at the National Children and Adult Services Conference in Manchester, CQC chief inspector Andrea Sutcliffe said 21 out of the 31 adult social care providers inspected received a ‘good’ rating, which is the second highest possible grade.
Seven providers ‘required improvement’ and the remaining three were rated ‘inadequate’.
While more than two-thirds of services inspected this month were rated ‘good’, Sutcliffe said she found “huge variation” in the services inspected, meaning some were receiving care that was “frankly, not good enough”.
She reiterated the need to recruit and retain good staff to ensure consistently good services.
“This is a system-wide problem and it needs a system-wide approach,” Sutcliffe said. “When you add up the variability of services, the likelihood of people to experience poor care at some point is very high.”
The CQC aims to inspect all 25,000 adult social care services in England by March 2016.