Which? report identifies areas of poor care home provision
Caring Times, January 2018
An investigation by consumer watchdog Which? has found that some parts of the country have more than half of their care home beds in homes rated as requiring improvement or inadequate.
Which? analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) data shows that in six local authority areas, good quality care home places are so limited that 50% or more of local beds are in homes rated as requiring improvement or inadequate, making it less likely that people looking to move into a care home will be able to find a good place near where they live.
The existing lack of good quality care is particularly acute in the London borough of Westminster, where seven in 10 (69%) beds were found in care homes rated as requiring improvement or inadequate. In Manchester and Wakefield, three in five beds (58%) are in care homes that are rated as requiring improvement or inadequate, closely followed by Kirklees (57%), Portsmouth (56%) and Tameside (55%).
In total, nearly a third (45 councils) of local authority areas have one in three beds or more in poor-quality care homes. Nine of these are in the capital and include Tower Hamlets (48%), Islington (47%), Kensington and Chelsea (46%), Newham (41%), Haringey (41%), Barnet (40%), Ealing (35%) and Harrow (33%). Which? is warning that this picture could rapidly worsen, as demand starts to outstrip supply in an increasing number of local areas, putting increasing pressure on care home places.
Previous Which? research shows that almost nine in 10 council areas across England could see a shortfall in care home places by 2022.