National health and social care news


CQC campaign: Declare Your Care

Declare Your Care is Care Quality Commission’s year long campaign focusing on four key population groups which they know have lower awareness of CQC. Key findings for people from black and ethnic minority communities Their…


NHS Long term Plan

The NHS has written a Long Term Plan so it can be fit for the future and is based on the experiences of patients and staff. Published on 7 January 2019, the NHS Long Term…


NHS Social Care and Support Guide

NHS England have produced a useful website which contains guides that can help support you, or someone you know that needs support with day to day living because of an illness or a disability. It…


Healthwatch celebrates #NHS70 by recognising the doctors, nurses and care staff who go the extra mile

In the run up to the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we are joining in the celebrations with the launch of a new award to recognise the outstanding contributions of health and care staff towards…


Patients face ‘distressing readmissions’

The number of patients in England being readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge has risen by nearly a quarter in the last four years, a watchdog has said. Figures compiled by Healthwatch suggest…


Hospices offering more ‘Outstanding’ care than other services regulated by CQC

Hospice care across England has the highest percentage of services rated ‘Outstanding’, according to a new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The State of Hospice Services in England, 2014 to 2017 published during…


Maternity campaign

In September, the CQC will be launching a maternity campaign, which focuses on women who are pregnant, are looking to be pregnant, or have recently used maternity services in England. All women have the choice to…


Life in a care home in Surrey, what’s it really like?

New study compiles the views and experiences of those who live, visit and work in care homes across England. Wide variation revealed, with great care contrasting with homes failing to get the basics right for…


NICE are looking for a community leader or advocate to develop their quality standard on Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups: promoting health and preventing mortality

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health, and provide social care support. NICE guidance is based on…


What NHS England is doing to make the NHS better for people with a learning disability

NHS England offer easy-read newsletters that tell you about what they are doing to make the NHS better for people with a learning disability. To subscribe to receive the Learning Disability Update, please email For…