DIGEST: An integrated approach to health and social care in Bracknell Forest is working effectively, the Care Quality Commission has found.
In the second of the planned 20 local system reviews to be published, inspectors said a “system-wide commitment” to serve people was leading to positive outcomes.
Second CQC local system review finds ‘positive outcomes’
The CQC said strong strategic leadership across Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group and providers had established a collaborative approach to services.
Helping older people avoid being admitted to hospital unnecessarily and supporting homecare and care home providers to improve capacity were identified as a priorities.
But a shortage of skilled social care staff and therapists was said to be affecting the numbers of patients waiting in hospital.
CQC chief inspector of primary care services Steve Field said inspectors had found “a number of positive examples of shared initiatives”.
But he added: “Although the system is working well, the big challenges for the future include managing the shortage of care home places and prioritising the development of an integrated workforce made up of skilled and competent staff.”
The CQC published the findings of its first local system review in Halton earlier this month.