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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA Media Release

CQC State of Care Report - 10/10/2017

The publication of the Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care Report (10 October 2017) presents a picture of England’s social care and health system at “full stretch”, with many services having coped well, while others are even more fragile than last year.

Colin Angel, Policy Director at the United Kingdom Homecare Association, said:

“It is right that CQC recognises the significant contribution of the workforce and leaders in making services resilient, but it is clear that the ‘tipping point’ referred to in last year’s report is still a reality in many parts of the country.

“The ability of front-line workers and their managers to keep quality services functional will not last, unless there is a proper solution from Government on the long-term funding of care.”

UKHCA welcomes the initial work that CQC has undertaken in reporting on the overall picture of social care and health services across local areas. This will help hold local authorities and the NHS to account for the way they commission services and how councils shape their local care markets.

Colin Angel continued:

“As well as being able to report on the quality of services delivered by providers, CQC also need statutory powers from government to have oversight of how care services are commissioned and supported by the state in line with councils’ responsibilities under the Care Act 2014.”

Ends.

Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,000 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s mission is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

3. The majority of homecare is funded by the state (usually by local council social services departments and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). However, homecare services are largely delivered by independent and voluntary sector providers working under contracts with the statutory sector.

4. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the statutory regulator of social care and health providers in England.

5. For further information please contact:

Michelle Gederon, Communications Officer
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8188
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