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The Department of Health has produced a Guide to the healthcare system in England.

NHS Choices is the online 'front door' to the NHS. It is the country's biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.

You can find information about hospitals, GPs and dentists and urgent care. As well as basic contact details, you can also find feedback from other people about what they think about these services.

It’s not just limited to NHS information. You can also find information about other services in your area (often provided by charities) that can help you with conditions from Alzheimer’s through to weight loss.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) checks all hospitals, dentists, care homes and care services to see if they meet national standards. You can find out what they have to say about these services in your area by visiting their website.

Social care services

The CQC’s website has a complete directory of places where care is provided in England. It includes information about every hospital, care home, dentist and care home agency in England as well as other types of service like ambulances, prison care services and hospices.

Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) data

The Department of Health has worked with the Health and Social Care Information Centre to produce a website that lets people find out more about care services.

On the website you can select your local authority from the map or drop-down menu, or type in your postcode to find out how carers and people receiving local authority funded care and support in your area rate factors such as:

  • quality of their life
  • satisfaction with care services
  • feeling safe.

The website address is: http://ascof.hscic.gov.uk

The Social Care Institute for Excellence also has a tool which lets you search for care providers in particular locations.

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