A season of care in review, updates from Fulcrum, including those from CQC

A season of care in review

The social care sector is in a state of change, which has major implications for investors, lenders, providers and owners – many of whom have talked to us about the need for expert, accessible market insights to inform investments and optimise commercials.

So here it is! The Fulcrum Market Update, which we will be sending out quarterly. In our inaugural newsletter we:

  • dive into the last six months of CQC data to identify the trends through our unique interactive CQC data dashboards
  • outline the CQC’s focus for 2023 and its re-evaluation of how it functions and interacts with care providers
  • round up the need-to-know news for anyone invested in – or considering moving into – the care sector.

Care home providers, owners and investors across the UK need to understand what these changes and trends mean for their care service, commercials and investments, to ensure they are in the best position for a new season of social care.


We hope you find our insights helpful. Please do let me know if there is other information you would find of value so we can look to include it in our Q3 Market Update.


Kind regards,

Tony Thiru

CEO of Fulcrum Care Limited


CQC half year data review


CQC ratings can make and break care homes – so in each of our care market updates we’ll dive deep into the CQC ratings data to help you understand the inspection trends. Here’s what you need to know about the first six months of 2022.

CQC rating changes

Rate of change in national care home ratings measured between January and June 2022

Outstanding -0.02%

Good -0.355%

Requires Improvement +1.1%

Inadequate -0.2%

Regional care performance

Highest regional performance for care service ratings as of June 2022

Outstanding – South West (6.1%)

Good – South West (79.7%)

Requires Improvement – East Midlands (21.1%)

Inadequate – East (2.2%)


View our CQC interactive dashboards


Six months in review reveals CQC postcode trends


CQC ratings can be a key indicator for which regions of the country are being given greater scrutiny by the regulator, where care service trends are appearing and how they may impact care homes and care providers.


Read our expanded six months review to find out where the most prominent ‘postcode trends’ are appearing, and what that can mean for social care investors.


Read more


Sector news round-up

To make sure you’re up to speed with key events and trends, here’s our round-up of the most important care home sector headlines from the last few weeks…


The CQC has announced a new framework for care homes in 2023. This will affect how care homes are assessed and rated, as well as how they interact with local authorities and clinical commissioning groups. Read more


Government announces £2bn Plan for Digital Health and Social Care to give the health and care sectors rapid digitisation. Read more


Scottish National Care Service (NCS) publishes new legislation to end ‘postcode lottery of care’. Read more


New report warns that social care reform bill over £10bn higher than estimated — funding shortfalls expected in South, East and West of England. Read more



What you need to know about the future of the CQC


The CQC is changing the way it regulates care homes in 2023.

This includes a shift to a universal framework that is more data-driven and people-led, so it’s crucial that care providers are prepared to adapt to their new approach now.

Find out what you need to know and our expert recommendations for the future of CQC regulation in your care service.


Read more


Your care home hot weather essentials


The last few weeks have been a glaring reminder of the impact hot weather can have on vulnerable residents. This makes it essential to have the correct procedures and systems in place to protect against the summer heat.

Our latest guide is full of recommendations to ensure a great care environment for residents. It also includes identifying and reducing potential heat risks, along with a list of our cost-effective activities for care home providers and managers to consider.


Read more


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