Across England, we know that the quality of social care for older people is concerning, with more than one in four adult social care services being found to be ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

But what does this overall national picture mean when we look specifically at care home settings at a more local level? This short briefing uses publicly available CQC data (taken from January 2017) to present care home performance by region and local authority.

We used CQC inspection data to work out a total figure for the percentage of homes in any local authority that are rated either ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’. Although homes that are found to be ‘Requires Improvement’ can of course quickly improve, we felt this combined measure provided a helpful approximation of where we might feel justified concern about the quality of care home performance.


A map of England showign variation in care home quality