Pilot project to build a picture of the qualit of care in local areas
People and their families who use a range of different health and social care services could in the future learn more about what the quality of care is like across a whole local area as part of a new pilot project.
Our Quality of care in a place pilot will focus on Greater Manchester – including a more in-depth look at Salford and Tameside – and North Lincolnshire to test out how well coordinated health and care services are in local areas.
Exploring care quality across local areas
By using the results of our inspections, together with other intelligence from local and national organisations, the project will assess whether bringing together knowledge about the quality of care of a whole place can help to encourage providers of health and social care to make improvements locally, and tell people more about how well their local services work together.
The pilot will also specifically look at the experiences of older people and people who need mental health care to see whether analysis of different population groups is helpful in building a picture of the system as a whole.
We’re committed to looking at ways in which the regulation of health and social care can reflect greater integration of services. The findings of the Quality of care in a place pilot will feed into our strategy for the next five years, which we’re developing now.
A clear and transparent picture
Chief Inspector of General Practice and Integrated Care, Professor Steve Field, said: “One of the most important things we can do as a regulator is to be clear and transparent about the picture of health and social care.
“We already know what an valuable source of information our published reports with ratings are for members of the public. Our new Quality of care in a place pilot is really about increasing that level of openness even further by building a picture of what the whole quality of care is like for people living in a particular area – including how well services are coordinated.
“As well as identifying any issues that need to be tackled across different organisations and finding out more about health inequalities, we will also use the pilot to highlight examples of good practice that other areas can learn from.
“I’m really pleased we are able to start testing out such an important piece of work that could also tell us more about what impact key issues such as quality of leadership and commissioning have on the quality of care across a local area.”