The performance of care homes in England has long been an issue of concern and, with 2018 figures showing 1 in 5 care homes rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as either “Requires Improvement” or “Inadequate”, it is clear that this is an issue still in need of urgent attention.

We have used publicly available CQC inspection data (taken from January 2018) to work out a total figure for the percentage of homes in any local authority that are rated either “Inadequate” or “Requires Improvement”.

This briefing showcases the variation in quality that exists in England and seeks to understand what this overall national picture means when we look specifically at care home settings at a more local level.

For the first time, we have provided a year on year comparison to illustrate which areas of the country are improving, which ones are getting worse and which are still at the same level.

Click here to see the 2017 edition of the briefing

A map of care quality in England