The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a new report ‘Better Care In My Hands’ which looks at how people are being involved in their own care.
The report is based on analysis of CQC’s national and thematic reports, such as State of Care, its inspection findings and on its NHS patient surveys. It sets out what enables people’s involvement in their own care and provides examples of good practice, as identified by CQC inspectors.
The reports key conclusions include:
- As reported in recent national patient survey data, just over half of patients definitely felt involved in decisions about their health care and treatment
- Women who use maternity services are particularly positive about how well they are involved in decisions about their care.
- Adults and young people with long terms physical and mental health conditions, people with a learning disability and people over 75 are less likely to be involved in their care than other groups – they report feeling less involved and other evidence demonstrates this.
- There has been little change in people’s perceptions of how well they are involved in their health or social care over the last five years. A significant minority of people have consistently reported only feeling involved in their care to some extentor not at all over this period.
- CQC has reported a lack of progress over the last six years in involving people in their care when they are detained under the Mental Health Act. Poor involvement in care is the biggest issue the regulator found in monitoring the use of the Mental Health Act in 2014/15.
You can read the full report on the CQC website.