Care update

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Care Quality Commission
Care Quality Commission
Date of publication
11 March 2013
Health Services, Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This update gives the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) view of the performance of care services in England in the nine-month period up to 31 December 2012. It is an update on its first report issued in June 2012 and on its national State of Care report for 2011/12, published in November 2012. The Care Update draws on information from CQC’s inspections, a wide range of data and other sources, and builds on the views and experiences of people who use services. The update examines: 

  • NHS trusts and independent healthcare services (including hospitals, community health care and mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services);
  • Independent ambulance services;
  • Primary dental care services; and
  • Adult social care services (including nursing homes; residential homes and home care services).

The report includes a focus topic on the impact of dementia on care services.

Notable changes in the first nine months of 2012/13 were the continued consolidation and mergers in the NHS, with the number of NHS trusts and registered locations decreasing, alongside a significant growth in independent healthcare provision.