A detailed analysis of CQC data by Fulcrum Care has uncovered a clear correlation between the socioeconomic status of an area and the quality of care provided by local care homes. Drawing on data from the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the study reveals how affluence—or the lack thereof—significantly impacts care home ratings and funding in England.

Decoding the Impact of Deprivation on Care Home Ratings

Fulcrum Care’s study provides crucial insights into the relationship between care home ratings and deprivation levels. By analysing IMD data, the research highlights the profound effect of geographical location on care quality.

The study shows a clear pattern: care homes in affluent areas tend to receive higher quality ratings, while those in more deprived areas often face challenges that lead to lower ratings. This disparity underscores the need for targeted support to improve care in less affluent regions.

Tony Thiru, CEO of Fulcrum Care, elaborates: “The study demonstrates a significant correlation between care home locations and their quality ratings. Affluent areas generally achieve ‘Outstanding’ ratings due to better access to funding and resources. Conversely, care homes in higher deprivation areas are more likely to need improvement or be rated inadequate, highlighting stark disparities in care quality based on geographic location.”

He continues, “Our analysis also reveals significant regional disparities between Northern and Southern care homes, with differing patterns in quality ratings and funding dynamics. These findings highlight the need for targeted interventions to address regional and socioeconomic disparities in care home quality.” 

Implications for Policy and Practice

The findings highlight the urgent need for policymakers and stakeholders to incorporate geographical factors into healthcare policy development. To ensure equitable access to high-quality care for all residents across England, policymakers are urged to prioritise targeted interventions. This includes redistributing resources to ensure adequate support for care homes in deprived areas to enhance care quality.

By incorporating these insights into policy frameworks, stakeholders can work towards levelling the playing field in care home quality across different geographic regions. This approach not only enhances care standards but also promotes fairness and equity in healthcare provision for all residents.

“This white paper sheds light on the critical relationship between affluence, deprivation, and care home quality ratings. By understanding how geographic location impacts care standards, we can advocate for policies that ensure equitable access to superior care, regardless of socioeconomic background,” said Tony Thiru, CEO of Fulcrum Care.

About Fulcrum Care

Fulcrum Care is committed to advancing knowledge and best practices in the healthcare sector. Through research and data-driven insights, Fulcrum Care empowers stakeholders to make informed decisions that enhance care quality and patient outcomes.

For more information about Fulcrum Care and to download the white paper, visit Fulcrum Care’s website.