CQC launches regional health integration pilot project

The project will primarily focus on Greater Manchester and will build on the results of previous CQC inspections to test whether bringing together knowledge about the quality of care throughout the region can lead to improvements in local services.

It will also specifically focus on the elderly and those needing mental health care to help craft a system wide picture and ultimately hopes to look at how better regulation can lead to more integrated health and social care services. The CQC’s findings will feed into their five year strategy, which is currently being developed.

Chief inspector of general practice and integrated care at CQC, Professor Steve Field, said: “We already know what a valuable source of information our published reports with ratings are for members of the public. Our new ‘Quality of care in a place’ pilot is really about increasing that level of openness even further by building a picture of what the whole quality of care is like for people living in a particular area – including how well services are coordinated.

“As well as identifying any issues that need to be tackled across different organisations and finding out more about health inequalities, we will also use the pilot to highlight examples of good practice that other areas can learn from.

“I’m really pleased we are able to start testing out such an important piece of work that could also tell us more about what impact key issues such as quality of leadership and commissioning have on the quality of care across a local area.”

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