By Debbie le Quesne

CQC to target dementia care providers

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A ‘themed inspection’ of some 150 care homes and hospitals is to be carried out by the Care Quality Commission to see how people with dementia are cared for in England.

The idea is to find out what works well and what needs to improve on a national level.

The announcement came last week when Mr Cameron hosted a G8 summit in London on developing coordinated global action to prevent, delay and effectively treat the condition.

A staggering 670,000 people in England are estimated to have dementia and the number is expected to double over the next three decades.

David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said: “There is a real need to explore why people with dementia may not be receiving high quality care, as well as how the different services work together.

“This is the first time that CQC has undertaken a review, which specifically looks at the care service that people with dementia use and rely on.

“It will address the key issues that these people face, such as why admissions to hospital from care homes are higher for people who have dementia compared to those who do not have the condition.

“Our findings will draw conclusions on a national scale about what works well and where improvements are required.”

All of these inspections will be unannounced.

For every service inspected, CQC will publish a report detailing its judgments and any required improvements.

What I fond particularly encouraging about this initiative is they way CQC wants to hear from people with dementia, or the relatives and friends of those with the memory-loss condition. The access point can be found on CQC’s website or through Age UK, Dementia Action Alliance, Regional Voices, Dementia Advocacy Network and the Race Equality Foundation.

No doubt the bar will be set high and some of the finding damning. I can only hope that this inspection programme will be an added lever to get some proper government funding in place for both research and those who deliver the care at the sharp end.

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