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Regulation and quality

Rekha Elaswarapu

in Mental Health and Care Homes

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Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199593637.003.0008
Regulation and quality

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Regulating care homes is a challenging task. In good part this is a consequence of the fragmented and diverse nature of the care home sector; homes differ considerably in terms of size, culture, funding patterns, and resident profiles. Although the UK’s regulatory framework(s) have seen many changes in recent years, the fundamental principle of regulation remains the same: to ensure that people who use services are safe and receive high quality care in a personalized way that maintains their dignity and human rights. Given the complex nature of delivering effective care to older people with—often serious—mental health problems, the role of a robust regulatory framework in upholding standards and ensuring accountability is a key lever for quality improvement. This chapter reviews the role of regulation in supporting the delivery of quality care to older people with mental health conditions living in a care home and explores some of the challenges facing regulation now and in the future.

Chapter.  7469 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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