Care in Brighton

Care quality
How we care for blind veterans

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an independent regulator of health and social care in England. The CQC inspects and reports on care homes, and rates the services being offered.

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On 6th October we had our Care Quality Commission inspection, ratings system have changed significantly. There are 4 ratings that are now available which include, inadequate, requires Improvement, Good and Outstanding, Blind Veterans have been awarded a Good rating. Only 30 homes out of the 7168 that have been inspected across the country have been awarded an Outstanding rating- less than 0.5%.


We will be looking at ways to achieve outstanding in our next report. The Inspectors scrutinised homes in five key areas - Safety, Caring, Responsive, Effective and Well Led, we were awarded a good rating in all areas. If you'd like to read the latest report - published on 22nd December 2015, please click the link to see the report


Royal College of Nursing SPACE Project

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On 2nd December a team of our healthcare professionals attended an interview following our successful bid with the Royal College of Nursing for a place on the SPACE project. This project will help organisations to be Dementia Friendly with the RCN offering support and resources to successful applicants. Knowing that only one care establishment in England would get a place (one in Wales, one in Scotland and one in Northern Island) we weren't sure of our chances. However it has been confirmed that we were successful!

We recognise that EVERYONE is responsible for providing good care and experiences for those living with dementia, and return on January 17th to the RCN to start the planning process. Our main objectives to focus on will be 'Having a Dementia Friendly Organisation' and 'Having a Dementia Friendly Environment'.

At the time of posting there is an RCN webcast presented by Angela Rippon outlining the SPACE principles clicking here.


Dept. of Health launch Comparison Site for Care Homes


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The government launched a new service on 23 December 2015 for the public who will be able for the first time to access and compare information about every care home across the country, making it easier to make difficult decisions about care for themselves or a loved one. The public will have access to unparalleled information about all care homes and people will be able to play their part by sharing their experiences of different care homes to help others make the right choice by leaving reviews and ratings for care homes.

The new site will also help to drive up standards by highlighting differences in care and quality - meaning care homes will have to improve their services or they risk losing out. This is part of the government delivering on the commitment to let people make informed choices about healthcare. This data will help councils to see how well care homes in their areas are performing in relation to other areas and will mean they can target changes to raise standards.

The information people will be able to access includes;

• 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; and
• Key information such as location, services on offer, contact details.

To link to the comparison site please click here


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