In her first major announcement as the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, this week Andrea Sutcliffe has outlined her priorities for transforming how the Care Quality Commission will monitor, inspect and regulate care homes and other adult social care services, with a greater focus on public involvement and improvement.
This comes at a time when there is grave concern over the apparent lack of care being show within our Care Sector on a significant scale.
Key proposals include awarding ratings to every care home and adult social care service by March 2016 to help people make informed decisions about their care and establishing expert inspection teams involving people who have experience of care services.
The Chief Inspector’s plans and priorities are set out in A Fresh Start for the Regulation and Inspection of Adult Social Care, ahead of a full public consultation in spring 2014.
Two things of significant interest are the fact that One of her first moves will be to make sure her inspectors only work in adult social care. rather than coming from working with the general social care model. In addition to this, will be members of the public being recruited to assist with investigating care homes. It is hope they will help get to the truth about the quality of care residents are receiving. These members of the public will have experience of the care sector, either as users themselves in some form or with experience of family members utilising the sector, either way they should have some form of understanding of the expectations required by residents. It is planned that they will be trained and paid for their time and expenses.
Interesting times in social care.