Last reviewed 15 June 2021
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced the date for publication of data showing notifications received from individual care homes relating to deaths of people with Covid-19 between 10 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.
The CQC said that it will bring the data to its Public Board meeting on 21 July 2021, and publication will be on the CQC website on the same day. Should any data issues be found, the release date could be postponed.
The regulator confirmed that it will be in touch with care homes that have notified it of a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 related death to discuss the data held on the service prior to planned publication.
It said it will contact care homes about the data it holds on them in advance to ensure they have had “the right conversations” with the families of people who died and the people in their care in advance of publication.
This publication is in addition to the data already published on a weekly basis with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the total number of care home residents who have died with Covid-19.
The CQC made a commitment to publish data on location level death notifications as soon as it was able to do this accurately and safely. The date of 21 July 2021 was chosen because analysts and the ONS felt this would allow enough time to “complete the additional quality assurance processes required for publication”.
The CQC's website states: “We are acutely aware that every single number represents an individual life lost to Covid-19 and we have a responsibility to represent these figures, and these lives, as accurately as possible.”
The publication will show the number of CQC death notifications relating to Covid-19 from every care home location in England over the course of the pandemic, as well as how many death notifications received in a local authority area.
The announcement is available at: www.cqc.org.uk/news/stories/data-notifications-covid-19-deaths-received-individual-care-homes-expected-publish-july.