I am concerned at the quality of care in other homes

In terms of quality the same regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), oversees all homes whether they be DCC homes or other providers.

As our homes only provide around 10% of the beds we need, we could not care for the number of people we do if there were any quality issues with our providers. Our contracts stipulate quality requirements and we visit providers to check they are applied. Also our safeguarding procedures are robust and we respond to every alert.

We work with the CQC and our NHS partners facilitating networks of providers that work with health and social care specialists on quality assessment and improvement, including in specialist areas such as medicines management and access to NHS services.