The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its state of health and adult social care report in England 2016/17 today.

Social worker with autistic adult - we welcome the CQC's new State of Care reportThis report is the Care Quality Commission’s annual assessment of health and social care in England and looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies what is needed to maintain high quality care.

Commenting on the Care Quality Commission’s State of Care report, Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager at The National Autistic Society, said:

“The National Autistic Society welcomes the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) latest State of Care report, which outlines that despite the efforts of dedicated care staff, increasing demand and cost are severely stretching the social care system. It is right to highlight that this can only continue for so long, before services deteriorate.

“We are pleased to see the CQC paying close attention to NHS England’s Transforming Care programme. Our recent Transforming Care: our stories report highlighted the need for CQC to scrutinise closely inpatient mental health units, after hearing from families’ experiences of relatives spending too long in inappropriate inpatient units, too often subject to restraint or overmedication. The CQC says it remains concerned about the high use of restraint and our charity would welcome the opportunity to work with them to tackle this.

“Finally, The National Autistic Society knows that too many people wait too long for an autism diagnosis, on average over two years after seeking professional help. We are pleased to see the CQC’s report make clear that access to children’s autism diagnostic services needs to improve. Our charity’s campaigning has recently secured a Government commitment to record diagnosis waiting times for both children and adults. It is clear from this new report that local areas must act on this information to improve their services for all people on the autism spectrum.”

For the full press release, please visit the CQC website. You can also read more about our Transforming Care report here.