The Care Quality Commission (CQC) annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England published on Tuesday 15 October, shows that quality ratings have been largely maintained overall, but people’s experience of care is determined by whether they can access good care when they need it.

In adult social care quality has improved slightly compared to last year. There is also less variation regionally in quality than last year, with care improving in every region. However, the stability of the market remains a concern and pressure caused by lack of funding and workforce issues are affecting people’s ability to access services.

Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive, Care Quality Commission

Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission introduces the annual report on the quality of health and social care in England. Read what he has to say.

Read the full report and find the adult social care section from page 33.