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CQC gets set for Care Home Open Day

Inspectors and other staff at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are preparing to join in with the enthusiasm and support for the annual Care Home Open Day event being held on Friday 19th June.

Now in its third year, Care Home Open Day offers the opportunity for care homes across the country to throw open their doors, demonstrate the difference they can make to people’s lives, strengthen links with local communities and help celebrate some of the really great care that CQC sees on a frequent basis.

CQC inspectors and other staff will be visiting participating locations on Care Home Open Day where the theme of this year’s event is focussing on ‘the arts and valuing staff.’

CQC’s Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Andrea Sutcliffe, said: “I really enjoyed visiting three different care homes during Care Home Open Day 2014 and I’m looking forward to doing it all over again this year.

“CQC inspectors regularly see dedicated and kind staff with a passion for providing great care. Care Home Open Day is an important opportunity for local communities to see that too.

"I encourage all care homes to discuss with residents and their relatives how they would like to be involved in Care Home Open Day. While the day itself is a one-off event, I hope it helps to sustain or develop meaningful links between care homes and local communities.

"Bringing these important services out of the shadows will improve everyone's understanding of the vital role care homes have. That's why CQC is supporting Care Home Open Day again this year. Good luck to everyone involved - I'm sure it will be a great day!"

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive at Care England, added: "All the representative bodies from across the UK support Care Home Open Day. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic care carried out in local communities and the contribution that is made to the lives of so many people and their families, as well as to redress the negative perception so often portrayed by the media.

“We encourage all care homes to take part to showcase what they do day-in and day-out, and invite their local communities to visit.”

Rachael Dodgson, Operations Director at Care Management Group, said: “We have really encouraged our care homes to get involved in Care Home Open Day this year and a number of them have signed up to take part. We think it’s a great initiative and such a good opportunity to build relationships, connections and promote an open and transparent culture.”

For more information, check out the official Care Home Open Day website to see which care homes are participating on the day.

A separate, regularly updated map, showing where CQC inspectors and staff will be taking part in Care Home Open Day on Friday 19 June is also available.

Show support for Care Home Open Day on Twitter by tweeting a picture holding up CQC’s social media sign @CareQualityComm using the hashtag #CHOD2015. Download CQC’s social media sign here.

For media enquiries about the Care Quality Commission, please call the press office on 020 7448 9401 during office hours. Journalists wishing to speak to the press office outside of office hours can find out how to contact the team here. (Please note: the duty press officer is unable to advise members of the public on health or social care matters).

For general enquiries, please call 03000 61 61 61.

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About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.


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