Response to CQC report ‘Out of sight – who cares?’

Published on 22 October 2020

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Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report ‘Out of sight – who cares?’, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said:

“This report lays bare the unacceptable truth that the basic human rights of some people in the most vulnerable of circumstances are not being upheld. On behalf of everyone at the NMC, I fully welcome and support the Care Quality Commission’s call for desperately needed change.

“People with learning disabilities and autism, and people with mental health conditions, have the same rights as everyone else in accessing the very best care and being supported to live safe, fulfilling and independent lives.

“While the report findings highlight some dreadful examples of people’s experiences and outcomes, I’m glad there’s also a clear message on those types of community settings that are getting it right when it comes to protecting and promoting people’s individual care needs and wellbeing.

“Developing workforce plans that can attract, retain and develop learning disability and mental health professionals with the right skills, competencies and experience to provide high-quality person-centred care for people is clearly a priority – and is one that we’re actively working with our key partners to address.

“Everyone deserves better, safer care. As the professional regulator, I’m determined we’ll continue to use our support and influence to make this a reality.”

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