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Care Homes: Standards

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes in each region did not comply with the national (a) privacy and dignity standard 10.1, (b) medicines management standard 9.6, (c) nutrition standards 12.2 and 15.4 and (d) protection from abuse standard 18.1 in each year since the standards were established. (257172)

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 four indicates that a standard has been exceeded. A score of three shows that it has been met. A score of two denotes that the standard has not been met with minor shortfalls—this indicates that one of the numerous subsections in the standard has not been completely met. A score of one means the standard has not been met. CSCI assesses whether an entire standard has been met.

Tables showing the scores of care homes against the NMS for medication, privacy and dignity, meals and mealtimes and protection for care homes for older people, broken down by CSCI region, for each year since the standards were introduced, have been placed in the Library.