More nursing homes meet standards but RNHA says outcomes are more important

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

Figures which show that the proportion of nursing homes meeting more than 90 per cent of National Minimum Standards of care has risen threefold during the past two years have been welcomed by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). The RNHA said the annual report of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), published in December, highlighted the significant improvements achieved by nursing homes since the standards were originally introduced. Nursing homes inspected over the past year were found on average to be meeting 71 per cent of standards, compared with 60 per cent in 2002/03. The trends are moving in the right direction, says the RNHA, which also points to the fact that more nursing homes are now meeting the standards in 37 out of 38 categories compared with two years ago. But RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said too many of the standards were bureaucratic in nature, measuring administrative processes rather than health outcomes. He said only about one fifth of the existing st

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