Quality and safety in the independent healthcare sector 2023

Community Providers

Information about community healthcare is generally less well developed than other areas. One significant issue is the lack of commonly agreed definitions, which is why we welcome NHS England’s plans to address this question. 

Using CQC inspection categories, ratings are available for community service providers for just 136 independent healthcare organisations and 17 NHS locations. We know from our members who work in community care and from NHS England data that this is only a small proportion of community provision. This is partly due to definitions with community services often provided by organisations that deliver a range of services. 

Because this is such a partial picture, we are reluctant to draw comparative conclusions, but we can see that of those independent providers that have ratings, 92% are good or outstanding. 

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