People. Process. Systems.

Ryan Feely
25th March 2024

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In the ever-evolving landscape of health and social care, the focus has shifted towards ensuring not just the provision of high-quality care, but the tangible outcomes and impacts on individuals’ lives. The Care Quality Commission (CQC), as the regulatory body overseeing healthcare services, has introduced a new single assessment framework with a pivotal focus on monitoring, improving, and evidencing outcomes. In this era of just-in-time information and transparency, digitalised care recording systems emerge as powerful allies in meeting and exceeding these requirements.


Navigating the New Terrain: CQC’s Focus on Outcomes

The CQC’s renewed emphasis on outcomes represents a paradigm shift in the evaluation of care quality and delivery. Beyond compliance with regulations, health and social care providers are now tasked with demonstrating the real-world effects of their services on people’s lives. Specifically, looking to evidence continuous improvement in care and treatment and ensuring outcomes are positive and consistent in meeting both clinical expectations and the expectations of the supported people themselves. This is a departure from traditional, input-centric metrics, towards a more holistic assessment of the impact of care and support interventions.


The Role of Digitalised Care Recording Systems

Digitalised care recording systems exceeds the restricted functionality offered by more traditional paper-based recording methods. They offer a comprehensive solution to the challenges posed by the new framework. By leveraging advanced technologies, these systems facilitate the collection, analysis, and presentation of information in a manner that excels and illustrates the outcomes achieved through care and support provision.


1. Outcome-Oriented Documentation:

Central to the CQC’s new single assessment framework is the need to demonstrate tangible improvements in supported people’s care and treatment with emphasis on positive outcomes. Traditional paper-based methods can easily see supporting documentation misplaced, stored incorrectly, impacted by human error or can be heavily reliant on a show and tell from teams in order to evidence the correlation to outcomes. The efficiencies lost to paper-based recording, not to mention the pressures on supportive services to effectively link output to outcomes, can be difficult to navigate day-to-day, let alone when an inspection comes around. Digitalised care recording enables providers to align supporting documentation with specific outcomes and use simple drop-down menus and activities to add and track a variety of outputs to easily evidence positive progress for a person.


2. Real-Time Data Capture:

Traditional paper-based recording often suffers from delays, inaccuracies in data collection and inconsistent recording, hindering the ability to provide timely evidence of outcomes. Digitalised care recording systems enable real-time capture of activities, behaviours, interventions, and supported person responses, ensuring a dynamic and accurate representation of the care process. While typing up care and support notes for a person is common, some systems offer the ability to quickly upload videos or photos of the supported person or evidence to support person-centred care. A voice-to-text function is also available through some systems, making the data capture even easier!


3. Data Analysis and Reporting:

The sheer volume of data generated in healthcare settings can be overwhelming, making it challenging to distil meaningful insights. Digitalised care recording systems employ analytics tools to sift through this data deluge, identifying trends, patterns, and correlations that illuminate the impact of care interventions. In addition, customisable reporting functionalities empower providers to craft compelling narratives that resonate with a variety of stakeholders, including the support person themselves and prospective inspector.


4. Enhanced Transparency and Accountability:

Transparency is a cornerstone of all health and social care, fostering trust and confidence in services. Digitalised care recording systems promote transparency by providing stakeholders with access to comprehensive, up-to-date information regarding care provision, inclusive of evidence to support person-centred, outcome-based support. This transparency not only satisfies regulatory requirements but also instils a culture of accountability, driving continuous improvement efforts.


Embracing Innovation for Excellence

As health and social care continues to evolve, so too must the approaches to quality assurance and regulation. By harnessing the power of digitalisation, providers can not only meet but exceed the expectations outlined by the CQC’s framework and people they support. As we navigate this new terrain together, lets seize the opportunities presented by digitalisation to elevate care quality, foster positive outcomes, and ultimately, transform lives.

So, embrace digitalisation and unlock excellence in care recording – one outcome at a time.


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