The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published its third
annual report into the state of health and adult social care in
The latest report covers the year to the end of March 2011 and
is the first in which the CQC has used evidence under its new
system of regulation.
CQC chair, Dame Jo Williams, said: "While it will be a further
year before we can present a complete picture of the state of
regulated care in England, this year's report provides a valuable
picture of people's experiences of access to care services, the
choice and control that they have when using services, and the
quality of the care that is provided."
The report is divided into four main sections:
The shape of health and social care provision
Access to care services
Choice and control
Quality and safety
It also includes case studies looking at how improvements in
standards have been made by services and how our regulatory work
has helped drive these improvements.
Under choice and control the report highlights that the number of
people able to exercise more choice over their social care by using
a direct payment or personal budget has continued to
The report can be downloaded from the CQC website.