The Care Quality Commission is backing a campaign started by Dr Foster Intelligence for hospitals to record simple care quality information when patients are admitted to hospital.
Dr Foster is calling for a section for “present on admission” information to be added to routine NHS hospital data collection. Hospitals would record whether each patient has a pressure sore, infection, or an injury from a fall when they are admitted.
When processed the data could be used to give a better picture of the quality of hospital care, and also of the community and social care the patient had received.
The letter, also signed by Dr Foster, Royal College of Nursing chief executive Peter Carter and representatives of 16 hospital trusts, says: “A POA flag will provide an early warning system in adult social care by identifying from where patients are being admitted, how often and if their condition is an indicator of poor quality of care such as a pressure sore.”
A CQC spokesman said: “We’re supporting this proposal because it will help us to better understand where and how frequently people are being admitted from care homes to hospital with pressure sores and other conditions - information which will feed into our assessments of care providers.”
Another signatory is Commons public accounts committee chair Margaret Hodge. Those behind the plan believe it will help meet the recommendation, made in last year’s National Audit Office report on the CQC, that better information should be developed about social care quality.