Commissioners give star ratings the go-ahead

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Commissioners for the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), led by Dame Denise Platt, have decided to proceed with implementing a new system of star ratings for all social care providers in England, following a public consultation that received nearly 3,000 responses. The CSCI says most respondents supported using “stars” to describe the ratings and an Ipsos Mori telephone survey of the general public had found that 96 per cent of more than 1,000 people questioned agreed they wanted as much information as possible when making choices about services. Work to begin implementing the new system is scheduled to begin in January 2007. Dame Denise Platt said the star ratings would be of significant benefit to people who use social care services. “The public want these ratings so that they can make informed choices about the quality of care services in their area,” said Dame Denise. “They also expect there to be a link between cost and quality – 88 per cent of those we polled expected a care home

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