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Care Quality Commission Market Report

Volume 547: debated on Thursday 28 June 2012

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published its first quarterly report on the provision of health and adult social care in England, “Market Report Issue 1: 2012”.

The market reports are designed by the CQC to:

provide an update on compliance in each of the sectors that CQC regulates on a quarterly basis;

identify themes and trends in each sector’s performance;

flag issues of non-compliance to providers and other bodies who have responsibility for the health and adult social care system; and

demonstrate the volume and effectiveness of CQC’s inspection and enforcement action.

The report published today presents the results of inspections of more than 14,000 services, between June 2011 and 31 March 2012, across all the sectors that CQC currently regulates: healthcare, adult social care and dental care. This and future reports will provide a snapshot of the compliance of providers against the essential safety and quality requirements.

This report also includes a special feature on maternity services and focuses on midwife staffing numbers. The Department of Health is moving toward a workforce where the focus will be increasingly on supporting the whole maternity team to make the best use of their contributions by using innovation and new technology to drive up the quality of care and deliver value for money.

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence has been asked by the Department of Health to undertake an in-depth study of the nursing and maternity workforce. The final report will be published in summer 2012.

“Market Report Issue I: 2012” has been placed in the Library. Copies are available to hon. Members from the Vote Office and to noble Lords from the Printed Paper Office.