The UK’s only registered and accredited care home inspection body is announcing a change in name to mark its next stage of development.
Care Inspections UK, formerly Independent Care Inspections, provides care homes with impartial, evidence-based inspections, which can be used to improve the home’s position with regulators or be used to provide detailed information to stakeholders.
Established in 2016, it is registered with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) meaning it has been subjected to rigorous assessment of both standards and inspections, and its compliance continues to be monitored regularly.
It uses a bespoke data processing system called CAREINSPECT to provide homes with analysis of their inspections, including areas of compliance and non-compliance.
Last year, in addition to providing comprehensive reports detailing the performance of care homes, Care Inspections UK was also granted authority to award certificates to services compliant with the British Standard for Adult Residential Care – BS8606:2019.
Kevin Groombridge, chief executive of Care Inspections UK, said:
“Care homes play a vital role in society, and it is right that they are inspected in an independent and evidence-based manner to ensure they are operating efficiently and appropriately.
“We are launching our new name at this stage in our development journey because we wanted to demonstrate how we work to deliver inspections for care homes throughout the whole of the UK.
“We’re already carrying out hundreds of inspections every year, and we feel positive about the number of services we’ll be able to work with in the future.”
Chris Lane, a director at Park Lane Healthcare, said:
“We’ve been working with Care Inspections UK for many years, and we have found the inspection process to be incredibly helpful.
“The support from CIUK has helped us to enhance all our services and we’re delighted to have been one of the first homes to have been awarded compliance certification for BS8606:2019.”