ECCA welcomes the CQC National Overview on the Learning Disability services as an opportunity to learn from these detailed inspections.
Martin Green, Chief Executive of ECCA, said:
“Whilst care homes formed just a small sample from the overall number of inspections which focussed on NHS and Independent hospitals, we recognise that lessons can be learned for all providers alongside commissioners and CQC itself. We were pleased to see that 63% of people were living in care homes that were compliant with both outcomes and expect that providers will want to follow up on the recommendations around care planning, activities, restraint and quality assurance. This cannot be done in isolation however and commissioners need to ensure they work in partnership with people, families and providers to recognise and promote good practice and address any failings.”
Martin Green continued:
“However, we must remember that caring is a complex and demanding work that requires empathy, compassion, skills and knowledge. Bringing together the findings of all 145 inspections will help providers in these roles of ensuring personalised care for people with learning disabilities. This is something that people themselves, their families, providers and CQC will monitor. We hope that equal attention will also be paid to monitoring the response of the NHS and councils to these recommendations to ensure action is taken to improve learning disability commissioning.”