The Budget & Autumn Statement
The fact that not only the Budget but the Autumn Statement have largely ignored the NHS, health care, and social care sectors is a clear indication of the lack of importance and attention given to these pivotal services in the UK. Further, the existing funding issues the health and social care sectors are challenged with, and the numerous care home scandals on below par care and maltreatment of clients – only add to the challenges these sectors are facing.
What is the CQC?
The CQC (Care Quality Commission) seems to be one of the few bodies left that is genuinely concerned with the successful functioning of the health and social care services. The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. It ensures health and social care services are safe, of a high-quality, effective, compassionate, and meet legal standards. Unsurprisingly, it is also referred to as the “independent NHS watchdog”.
According to the government and the NHS Confederation, the CQC is pivotal in driving up care quality “through effective regulation and registration against its essential standards” and is responsible for “informing best practice”.
Further, they have the sanctions and enforcement power to ensure that – if care providers are failing to meet fundamental standards of quality and safety – they are held accountable, improved, or in some cases shut down. The CQC also assigns ratings and publishes reports on care services. This allows the public to make informed decisions when choosing from care providers.
The importance of CQC
The CQC aims to “spot and stamp out bad practice in the care sector all together.” Therefore, being accredited by the CQC means that a care provider is meeting the standards set by the CQC and approved by the NHS and government. Further, their ratings allow you to further differentiate between average to excellent health and social care providers.
Care services that are registered with the CQC are above par for two main reasons:
- They are constantly monitored and inspected to keep track of the quality and further development of their service.
- The CQC rates services based on their inspections and these ratings are a bench mark to which care providers aspire.
Vida’s CQC accreditation
Vida is the first of a new breed of technology enabled care providers to receive a stamp of approval from the CQC – making it more than just an introductory agency and further setting it apart.
Vida is a service which harnesses technology and invests in high quality carers to deliver fully managed and personalised live in care in London and Sussex, at a flat rate of £16/hour.