CQC publishes its review of how local health and social care systems work together in Staffordshire

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The CQC has published its findings following a review of health and social care services in Staffordshire.

The report is one of 23 targeted local system reviews looking specifically at how older people move through the health and social care system, with a focus on how services work together. The reviews look at how hospitals, community health services, GP practices, care homes and home care agencies work together to provide seamless care for people aged 65 and over living in a local area.

During the review CQC sought feedback from a range of people involved in shaping and leading the system, those responsible for directly delivering care, as well as people who use services, their families and carers.

Spearhead Healthcare opens the doors to Staffordshire care home showroom

Spearhead Healthcare - a stylish bedroom

Spearhead Healthcare, one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the care home sector, has launched a care home showroom in Staffordshire in response to growing demand for high quality furniture, furnishings and equipment designed specifically for the care environment.

Professor June Andrews, international dementia expert and former director of the University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), officially opened the showroom at a well-attended launch event at the end of September where she cut the ribbon and gave a talk on the reasons why care home-specific and dementia-specific design is so crucial to the quality of life for residents.

Care facility awarded top marks in being ‘effective’

Care facility awarded top marks in being ‘effective’

A care facility in Staffordshire has had its effectiveness rated as ‘outstanding’ in a recent inspection by health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Following an inspection in January, The Cottage Wing in Burton-on-Trent, joins an elite handful of care facilities – just one per cent throughout England – that have achieved the top rating in the effective category. The wing was awarded an overall inspection rating of ‘good’ from the CQC, aggregated from five categories which, in addition to ‘being effective’, includes being ‘safe’, ‘responsive’, ‘caring’ and ‘well-led’. All four of the remaining categories received ‘good’ ratings.