The quality of care services purchased by councils: 2010: technical report

Care Quality Commission
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Councils spend nearly £8 billion each year on residential care and home care, which is over 70% of all their expenditure on adult care services. In November 2009, all 152 councils in England provided the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with data on the number of their residents for whom they purchased care in care homes in the period April to September 2009. This report links the data supplied to data on quality ratings for each care home. In addition, the councils reported to CQC in November 2009 on 317,000 adults for whom they had arranged home care with registered agencies in a week in the 6 months to 30 September 2009. The report provides a detailed analysis of the findings of these council returns. The data shows some variation in the quality of services purchased by councils. Councils purchased care for 230,000 adults in care homes. Eighty-six percent of these adults were living in care homes rated good or excellent. The percentage was lower (82%) for those in homes offering nursing care for older people. Ninety-three percent of adults whose home care was arranged or purchased by their council received a service from a home care agency rated good or excellent. Comparisons of the quality of care arranged by councils between September 2008 and September 2009 show that the percentage of people receiving care from services rated good or excellent has improved for both care homes and home care.

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home care, local authorities, nursing homes, older people, quality assurance, statistical methods, care homes;
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