CQC publishes 2017/18 annual review

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its annual ‘State of Care’ report on the quality of healthcare in the UK.

The report was broadly positive about the quality of healthcare in the UK, but identified poor collaboration between NHS organisations as a key common theme where there was room for improvement, as well as a lack of a long-term funding solution for social care.

Other key comments:

  • “Demand is rising”
  • “[Providers are] struggling to recruit, retain and develop their staff to meet the needs of the people they care for”
  • “NHS mental health services also need to improve substantially”
  • “[These are an] increasing number of people living with complex, chronic or multiple conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and dementia”

The full report can be found here

Positive MAP Insights
None of the major findings of this report are unexpected, but they again highlight a number of priority areas such as integration of services, finances, and staffing. These all represent opportunities for patient access, and companies should highlight any ways their products align with these concerns (e.g. where they save staff time thus reducing pressure around manpower, or by highlighting how a product has positive effects across the broader NHS system).

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Published on 11. October 2018 in News, News UK