Care Quality Commission publishes annual State of Care report

The independent regulator of health and social care services, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published its annual State of Care report, which looks at the quality of all health services.

Overall it found some improvements in mental health services but also highlighted areas of concern and challenges that services must overcome around high demand, workforce shortages, unsuitable facilities and outdated services.

In relation to mental health in particular it found:

  • 68 per cent of NHS services were rated as good and six per cent as outstanding. Among independent services, 72 per cent were rated as good and three per cent as outstanding.
  • While there have been many improvements, a greater proportion of mental health services have deteriorated in quality compared with other parts of the NHS. Of services originally rated as good, 26 per cent of mental health services dropped at least one rating. This is in comparison to 23 per cent of adult social care services, 18 per cent of acute hospitals and two per cent of GP surgeries.
  • The CQC said it was surprised and concerned that 73 per cent of mental health beds are on locked rehabilitation wards, as it suggests an outdated approach to care in which people are institutionalised rather than helped to recover and live independently.
  • Many facilities do not meet safety standards, with fixtures and fittings that could be used in suicide attempts and examples of medicines not being stored securely.

Full story: National Mind

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