The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new system for assessing council adults’ services’ performance of their Care Act 2014 duties will be piloted by three councils over the coming months in Birmingham, Lincolnshire and Nottingham councils.
Inspectors will assess the authorities using its draft local authority assessment framework and will also study a sample of people’s cases. This will result in a report including scores against nine quality statements and an overall rating ranging from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’.
The CQC stressed the pilots’ ratings would just be indicative, with formal scoring starting from the rollout of the system later this year.
Alongside the pilots, the regulator will carry out desk-top reviews of performance information for all 153 councils in relation to two areas of assessing needs and care provision, integration and continuity.