A care home from Ipswich has become the first to achieve the highest possible Care Quality Commission rating in providing safe, high-quality and compassionate care.
The Prince of Wales Home, in Ipswich, run by the Partnership in Care, has been judged ‘Outstanding’, together with two home care companies.
Today’s top ratings follow on from the launch of the regulator’s new style inspections and ratings system in October 2014 to be clear whether residents are receiving services that are safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led.
Since then, 350 adult social care services nationally have so far been awarded a CQC rating. Around 70 per cent of these are rated as ‘Good’.
Chief inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission, Andrea Sutcliffe, said: “I am tremendously pleased to be able to congratulate our very first Outstanding adult social care services in England.
“Each one has demonstrated that excellent care is being provided by dedicated and committed staff who are passionate about making a difference for the people they support.
“The launch of our new approach to inspecting and rating services last October set out clear and important criteria on how providers can demonstrate they are delivering good or better care and effectively tackling any problems.
“Through performance ratings, we will continue to celebrate the very best services and shine a spotlight on those providers that fail to do the right thing to help people when it comes to choosing care.
“Everyone using adult social care services deserves to experience really great care. I am determined that we use regulation to drive forward rapid improvement and help make the ‘Mum Test’ real.”
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: “I am delighted these three care services have been awarded the first ever Outstanding ratings following an inspection – this is testament to the hard work and determination of staff in ensuring a safe and caring environment, where people are treated with dignity and respect.
“We’re committed to making sure people get the good care they deserve – these are great examples of how excellent care can be achieved by all care services.”