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Care Homes: Standards

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes in each region did not comply with minimum infection control standards in each of the last three years. (254151)

We are informed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that its inspectors assess the performance of care homes against each national minimum standard (NMS) and rate them on a four-point scale. A score of 4 indicates that a standard has been exceeded. A score of 3 shows that it has been met. A score of 2 denotes that the standard was almost met with minor shortfalls—this indicates that one of the numerous sub-sections in the standard has not been completely met. A score of 1 means the standard has not been met.

The following table shows the numbers and percentages of care homes with scores of two and one against the relevant NMS for Care Homes for Older People relating to hygiene and infection control for the years ending 31 March 2006-08.

Numbers of services per region which failed the hygiene and infection control standard (NMS for care homes for older people)

As at 31 March;

CSCI region

2006

2007

2008

East Midlands

181

125

104

Eastern

232

268

195

London

173

169

142

North East

123

129

97

North West

282

260

180

South East

457

427

365

South West

307

299

268

West Midlands

383

357

293

Yorkshire and Humberside

288

258

219

Total

2,426

2,292

1,863

Percentages of services per region which failed the hygiene and infection control standard (NMS for care homes for older people)

As at 31 March;

CSCI region

2006

2007

2008

East Midlands

18

12

11

Eastern

22

25

19

London

21

21

18

North East

22

23

18

North West

18

17

12

South East

23

22

19

South West

20

20

18

West Midlands

36

33

28

Yorkshire and Humberside

26

23

21

Total

23

22

18

Note:

Figures show scores for homes which were active on the date shown and which had been inspected against NMS 26 - NMS for Care Homes for Older People—at some point prior to the date shown but not necessarily during that particular year.

Source:

CSCI database