National Skills Academy For Social Care Welcomes Andrea Sutcliffe’s Priorities For Care Inspection

The Skills Academy welcomes the priority that Andrea Sutcliffe has put on leadership in her first major announcement as Chief Inspector of Social Care at the Care Quality Commission.

Andrea confirmed that adult social care services will be structured around five key questions, which will include whether the service involved is well-led.  This fits squarely with the Academy’s remit to strengthen leadership at all levels of the social care workforce.  The Academy is also very pleased that ratings will be reintroduced, not least because so many Academy members were previously rated as ‘Excellent’ and want to demonstrate, to the sector and the wider public, the excellence of what they do.

According to Debbie Sorkin, Chief Executive of the Skills Academy:  “It’s great to see the commitment of CQC to leadership and quality improvement set out so clearly.  We already have a range of products and services to help strengthen leadership in social care, including the Leadership Qualities Framework, which gives organisations and individuals, whether they are providers, commissioners, people using services or carers, clear guidance on what good leadership looks like.  And as the Academy is one of the largest membership bodies in social care, we are well-placed to promote good leadership and the difference it can make to people’s experience of care and support.  We are looking forward to working closely with Andrea and her colleagues to support CQC in their drive to strengthen leadership and quality across social care.”

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