CQC excellence scheme for adult social care
Published on 28 February 2011 05:00 PM
Commenting on the CQC's new excellence scheme for adult social care, Age UK Charity Director Michelle Mitchell said:
'The concept of an ‘excellent' rating is a good one, but this should be awarded as a result of the CQC inspection of service, not as a result of an assessment performed by the providers themselves.
'The benefit of the CQC star ratings, whilst they were not perfect, was that all providers had the same opportunity to achieve an excellent rating through their inspection and submission of paperwork.
'The new system relies on the proactiveness of providers and, more importantly, their ability to find resources and time to complete the assessment process for their ‘excellent' rating. This will be of benefit to larger organisations with more staff. But it may be more difficult for smaller providers.
'If the new system, which comes nearly two years after star ratings were scrapped, is to command public confidence there will need to be independent verification of claims made by providers; self assessment will not be good enough.'
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