The Care Quality Commission (CQC) launch their Tell Us partnership today, and we're pleased to be one of their charity partners. That means we will help make sure that autistic people, their families, carers, and autism professionals, can tell the regulating body about their views and experiences of social care in England.
Like the CQC, we think it’s crucial that, as the body responsible for regulating social care and health in England, they hear from the people most closely affected. Whether it’s bad experience which must be improved, or good practice that others could learn from, it's important to let them know.
While individuals can still contact CQC directly to share any concerns they may have, now people can also receive information and be consulted about their views by a number of national charities including us, Carers UK, Mind and Disability Rights UK.
Over the next year, we'll be collecting feedback from autistic people and their families and carers via our Autism Helpline, services, and volunteer-led branches, and asking for input from professionals and the wider autism community. We'll do this through our conferences and by promoting the Tell Us initiative on our social media channels.
Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism at The National Autistic Society, said, “We’re pleased to be part of the CQC’s Tell Us partnership and to have the opportunity to help make sure that autistic people's views and experiences of social care are heard, along with those of their families, carers and professionals.
“More than 1 in 100 people in England are on the autism spectrum. Each individual has different needs and many of them rely on social care to do essential tasks that others take for granted, like cooking, washing or going out into the community.
Whenever someone receives care, it's essential that it is delivered by caring and trained professionals who understand autism.
“One of the best ways to ensure everyone gets the best possible care is to receive and act on open feedback – improving on areas that need attention and sharing good practice. We hope that by helping to share the experiences of the people who know best about their own or their loved one's care, we will equip the CQC to act and keep improving social care across England."