First fully comprehensive free comparison website for care services goes live
New online information profiles that will help people to choose, compare and comment on care homes and other care services is launched today.
New online information profiles that will help people to choose, compare and comment on care homes and other care services is being launched today by the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb.
The new profiles, part of the NHS Choices website, will create the most definitive online source of information on care services, including:
- essential information from every registered care provider, including detail on services provided
- official reports from Care Quality Commission inspections
- comments from the public on their experience of care and services, including links to existing comment sites
- from next month the ability for the public to give services star ratings
- Ofsted-style ratings for care services as they are developed.
Thousands of organisations who provide care services have started adding information to the website, such as details of what specialised services they provide, staff details, photos of their care homes or menu information; and many more are expected to do so over the coming months.
When fully populated with information from providers and comments from the public, this powerful online resource will give people the ability to search for good quality care that best meets their specific needs and preferences, by letting them compare each provider.
NHS Choices will also feature revamped information that explains the ‘essentials’ of care, such as what people’s entitlements are, how to organise an assessment for care needs, where to go for independent advice, how to go about getting and planning care, and how to pay for it.
CECOPS CEO, Brian Donnelly, says,
This is an excellent idea as it allows users and families to have all the necessary information in one place. We have been asked if organisations can use their CECOPS Registered and Accredited User status to display on this website; we agree this would be good, as it assures users that their provider complies with all their equipment related obligations.
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