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.