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CQC annual report highlights whistleblowing and visiting concerns in social care

Whistleblowing and visiting concerns in social care have been raised in the CQC annual report and accounts 2021/22.

The report finds that there were 17,937 whistleblowing enquiries during 2021-22, some 80 per cent about adult social care services. This represents a 13.3 per cent increase from 2020/21.

Social care also accounted for 79 per cent of the 26,424 safeguarding enquiries during the year (safeguarding concerns and safeguarding alerts).  Social care also prompted 272 visiting concerns over a three-month period (1 December 2021 to 31 March 2022).  Some 42 per cent of these concerns (114) contained allegations about blanket bans.

The report also notes that 96.8 per cent of social care services were facilitating visits in line with IPC guidelines during IPC visits.

By the end of March 2022, the CQC had carried out 3,335 workforce pressure reviews. Some 38 per cent of services indicated that workforce pressures were having a negative impact.


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