The extension of the Welsh government’s silent ratings pilot for care homes and domiciliary support services will now run until the end of March 2025.
Published inspection ratings will be introduced from April 2025.
This decision has been made in recognition of the significant pressures the sector has faced over recent years and continues to face, the Welsh government says, and extending the pilot phase will also provide an opportunity to learn from the findings of the independent evaluation, to make improvements and to test those improvements in practice.
A Spokesperson said: “We want to ensure the ratings provide value to service providers and the people seeking or using care and support services. The inspection ratings will give a clear and objective indication of the quality of services and how well services are supporting people. They will recognise excellence and good practice, and they will highlight where improvements need to be made.”