Worcestershire is bucking the national trend when it comes to the quality of care being provided in its care and nursing homes.
It was revealed today by the Care Quality Commission that one in three residential and nursing homes (37%) across the UK are failing inspections on the grounds of safety.
But in Worcestershire, 77% of services have an overall rating of good. Only 4% of services have an overall rating of requires improvement, compared to the national average of
19%. Meanwhile, six services in Worcestershire are rated outstanding.
In the CQC report, concern is expressed about ratings for safety - one of the five key questions making up the overall inspection rating of a service. A total of 23% of services nationally are rated as requiring improvement in terms of safety. In Worcestershire, only 6% of services have this rating.
Worcestershire is currently ranked the best in the country for quality of care based on overall CQC ratings.
The rankings, compiled by the organisation Trusted Care - http://www.trustedcare.co.uk/care-map/worcestershire/ - are based on county by county industry regulator scoring. The ranking combines the ratings of nursing homes, care homes and home care providers to give a collective view on local care services and how many of them are meeting industry standard.
Cllr Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Services, said: "It is our priority, working with partners, to ensure Worcestershire residents are healthier, live longer, have a better quality of life and remain independent for as long as possible.
"We acknowledge the challenges faced by care providers across England and Wales as evidenced by the report issued today by the Care Quality Commission.
"In Worcestershire, we are bucking the national trend. A total of 77% of our services are rated good. This in large part is down to the hard work of providers that we work with and also the close working relationship between the quality assurance teams at Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire's Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)."