The Care Quality Commission has published thier annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England. The report shows that quality ratings have been maintained overall – but people’s experience of care is determined by whether they can access good care when they need it.
Providing the right access to the right care at the right time is increasingly key to the sustainability of health and social care as services struggle to cope with increased demand.
This year’s State of Care considers the pressures faced by health and social care as a whole – but focuses particularly on inpatient mental health and learning disability services, the area where CQC is seeing an impact on quality.
Growing pressures on access and staffing risk creating ‘perfect storm’ for people using mental health and learning disability services.
- The care given to people with a learning disability or autism is not acceptable
- Other types of care are under pressure
- More and better community care services are needed
- Care services and organisations must work more closely together
- More room and support need to be given for innovations in care