CQC reports on services for people with learning disabilities

On 8 December 2011, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published the first five reports from a targeted programme of 150 inspections of hospitals and care homes that care for people with learning disabilities.

According to the CQC, ‘although it is too early to draw universal conclusions, the indications from these and other completed inspections from the programme is that leadership and governance needs to be stronger to ensure that services are safe and meet essential standards. Findings so far suggest a lack of understanding about what safe, person-centred care looks like’.