You will now be able to compare Care homes in England using a new NHS website which permits user generated reviews.

Interested parties can now view Homes on the ‘My NHS’, part the NHS Choices site where users can post ratings and reviews to aid others in assessing services and provision.

The site will include:

  • User reviews - including star ratings
  • Care Quality Commission inspection ratings of care homes
  • Food Hygiene Standard rating
  • Levels of staff turnover
  • Whether the home has a registered manager in post
  • Key information such as location, services on offer, contact details

 

Health Minister Alistair Burt said: "We know how difficult important decisions about care for a loved one can be - this is a victory for those who are worried about care - with a click of a button the public will be able to make an informed choice about care and make those difficult decisions easier”

"This data will show clearly the difference in quality across care homes and will help drive up standards by highlighting poor performers which will mean they have to shape up their services or lose out..”

An opposing perspective has been offered by Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, who said that whilst the site could help people "answer some of the questions" they may have about care, that it must be remembered that it was a very subjective "snapshot" of the provider's provision that wouldn’t necessarily reflect improvements in real time.

Chris Knight, SecuriCare’s Head of Social Care Training said, “What is undeniable is that the provision of health and social care continues to come under constant pressure to improve. Whether this particular initiative is a false step remains be seen. What is undeniable however, is that the best services are committed continuous improvement and already put service users first..”

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