Special measures system designed to improve failing care homes

  • It is expected the government will announce a special measures system designed to improve failing hospitals in England to be extended to care homes. /images/careandsupport.jpg

    A scheme similar to special measures of hospitals will be introduced for care homes and home care agencies next year, ministers will say, reports the BBC.

    This will cover 25,000 services and could lead to the closure of those that will fail to improve.

    The system is not expected to start until April due to the ratings regime it will based on will only be rolled out in the social care system from the autumn.

    The ratings, based on a system first used in schools, give health and care services a rating of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

    They will include closer scrutiny by regulators, management changes, buddying schemes with successful trusts and an improvement director being parachuted in to oversee any changes that need to be made.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will say the Stafford Hospital scandal was a "wake-up call" for the NHS.

    "Thanks to a sharp focus on admitting problems rather than burying heads in the sand, some of these hospitals have tackled their deep-rooted failings for the first time and are on the road to recovery."

    Prof Sir Mike Richards, CQC chief inspector of hospitals, said: "We have achieved a great deal in the last twelve months."

    Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents hospital trusts, said: "Changing the culture in an organisation - and the outcomes it delivers - is never easy. The staff and the leadership teams at each of these organisations should be proud of the progress they have made over the past 12 months in improving patient care."

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