Defining, monitoring and improving quality in Welsh care homes
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Defining, monitoring and improving quality in Welsh care homes

Duncan Blunt Nurse assessor, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Abercynon, Wales

Why you should read this article
  • To understand the different definitions of quality

  • To enhance your awareness of how quality in care homes is monitored

  • To familiarise yourself with the methods that can be used to improve quality in care homes

Despite the focus on quality in care homes, and the body of evidence that drives policy and practice, care home residents in Wales experience variations in quality of care. Quality is not easily defined, and care providers may have differing views on quality and how it is monitored. Health and social care professionals – including nurses – should understand the factors that affect quality in care homes. Quality improvement projects can support the development of a workplace culture that can sustain quality in care homes. This article defines quality, details methods that may be used to monitor quality, and outlines how quality in care homes can be improved.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1218

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

duncan.blunt@wales.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Blunt D (2020) Defining, monitoring and improving quality in Welsh care homes. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1218

Published online: 20 February 2020