Data collections under review in second year of Quality Matters initiative

The Care Quality Commission, Skills for Care and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) are to revamp the data collections from social care providers in the second year of the Quality Matters social care improvement programme.

In one of  four action areas taking place until August, the three organisations have been mandated to identify measures of quality, and to work with local organisations to implement standardised measures to improve quality. The aim is to “develop and agree principles for a sector wide approach to data collection, avoiding duplication and reducing burdens on care providers,” says the Department of Health and Social Care.

Other initiatives set out by the Quality Matters programme include: supporting collaborative commissioning for better outcomes; collecting and using data more effectively; strengthening the feedback culture in the sector and providing support for quality improvement.

In detail:

  • Collaborative commissioning: hold engagement events  
  • Feedback culture: Review of advocacy services, develop the role of Board-level feedback champions, analyse CQC, NHS and Healthwatch data.
  • Quality improvement: Use Sustainability and Transformation Plans and integrated care systems to boost quality improvement.

Quality improvement: Use Sustainability and Transformation Plans and integrated care systems to boost quality improvement.

The year one progress report details the following areas: acting on feedback, concerns and compliments; Measuring, collecting and using data more effectively; Commissioning for better outcomes; Better support for improvement; Shared focus areas for improvement; Improving the profile of adult social care

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