Nearly a quarter of Devon GP practices are outstanding according to quality inspectors, compared to just 4 percent of practices in England. While the remaining Devon GP practices have also received a positive ‘good’ rating.
And the percentage of Devon’s care homes rated outstanding is twice the national average.
The data, published this week by the health and care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has been loudly applauded by Devon County Council and NEW Devon CCG.
19 of 435 care homes in Devon (4 percent), inspected by the CQC, are considered ‘outstanding’ homes, compared to just 2 percent of care homes in England overall.
358 of 435 (82 percent) are rated ‘good’ compared to 78 percent in England.
And a smaller percentage of care homes in Devon ‘require improvement’, just 12 percent compared to 19 percent of homes in England.
All GPs in Devon are rated by the CQC as being outstanding or good. There are no GPs in Devon rated inadequate or that require improvement.
CQC inspectors look at a range of criteria to assess quality and performance, including what residents or patients tell them about the service.
In their assessment they ask: are these services safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and are they well-led.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care, said:
“This announcement shows that Devon is a great place to access high quality health and social care. It’s testament to the commitment, dedication and hard work of our independent care home sector, and to the support given by Devon County Council to the sector.”
Mark Procter, joint director of primary care for NEW Devon CCG and South Devon and Torbay CCG, said:
“This is a tremendous achievement by our practices and their staff. In a county as big as Devon, and with practices experiencing increasing levels of pressure, to all be classed as either good or outstanding is a credit to their hard work, planning and expertise.
“The practices are extremely conscientious in how they approach their work, ensuring that their patients receive the best care possible in these challenging times.”