Quality-linked partnerships are a way forward

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

In the face of fundamental change in the direction of care provision in this country ­ away from residential to domiciliary ­ we felt we had to develop a tool which would ensure, for the purchaser, the authority, and the provider, that only strong homes, committed to quality survived. These were the words of Sue Brand, managing director of RDB Star Rating at a recent conference on care homes and quality care, organised by Caring Times. “It was challenging to come up with an assessment tool, and a scheme for implementation, which concentrated on care outcomes rather than inputs,” Mrs Brand said. “It had to give home owners and managers the incentive to participate, and offer authorities a mechanism to measure improvement in provision while delivering against their requirement for best value in their commissioning.” RDB Star Rating is working with seven authorities around the country and is currently running pilots with a number of others. Mrs Brand said that, where it is already in place, the scheme trigge

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