West Berkshire has the highest rate of good care homes in England, according to analysis by the BBC.
The figures, which have been released as part of an investigation that found that a fifth of English care homes are rated ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’, found that 61 of West Berkshire’s 62 care homes are rated ‘Good’ or better by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This represents over 98% of the district’s homes, the highest of any local authority.
Speaking about the findings, Graham Bridgman, West Berkshire Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said:
“I am delighted to see these figures, which are testament to the excellent service provided by care staff across West Berkshire. I congratulate all staff in our own care homes and in the independent sector on having this recognition for their efforts.
“In our 2015 Council Strategy we laid out plans to ensure that adults and children across the district were properly safeguarded. The fact that our Children’s Services are now rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and that 98% of our care homes are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, shows that we are delivering better outcomes for our vulnerable people.
“Adult Social Care has been our highest area of spend for a number of years now and we are absolutely committed to ensuring that our residents are given the best possible standards of care. This independent analysis shows that we as a council, as well as our local care home providers, are getting this right and that West Berkshire has the best care homes in the country.”
Councillor Graham Bridgman is available for interview. Please call (01635) 519125 to arrange.