Health and care leaders across Staffordshire today welcomed the publication by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of a report into services for older people in the county.
The CQC’s Staffordshire System Review is unveiled today (Friday December 14) and follows an inspection carried out in the autumn.
It comes to a number of conclusions. These include:
- People are mainly satisfied with the quality of services provided once they received them
- Older people living in Staffordshire had varied experiences of health and social care services
- Leaders are working together with strong leadership and clear shared vison
- People were being supported to remain in their own home but provision varies
- A&E attendances for people over 65 were similar to the national average but higher than comparator area averages
- There had been improvements but older residents can still experience delay coming out of hospital and accessing suitable care and support in the community
- Care home choice can be restricted and quality varies.
The review does underline the commitment to improve that is being led by the county’s sustainability and transformation partnership (STP). Known in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as Together We’re Better, the partnership brings together all health and care providers including NHS and local authorities.