Getting better all the time?
JEF SMITH looks into some of the small print in the Commission for Social Care Inspection’s latest report on The State of Social Care in England
Struggling to find something nice to say about the Commission for Social Care (CSCI), the providers’ organisations who have so often attacked it during its short life have been queuing up to put out statements expressing regret about its imminent demise. Both the United Kingdom Home Care Association and the National Care Federation recently expressed the hope that its valuable work would be carried on by the Care Quality Commission, but significantly they were praising its publishing rather than its inspection activities. Their (crocodile?) tears were prompted by the appearance of the latest in the sequence of reports on The State of Social Care in England.
It will indeed be a severe dereliction of duty if the new regulator does not continue to produce this annual compilation, not least for the invaluable run of statistics it provides, some going back to 2002, before CSCI existed. This year again, much of this admittedly rather dense material repays close study. CSCI’s own interpretations of the numbers