Abingdon care home on the up as Oxfordshire’s adult social care betters England averages

Older people and those with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire receive better services from their providers on average than the national average across England.

Of the 20,512 residential care homes, community social care providers, domiciliary care agencies and nursing homes in England, 231 are in Oxfordshire.

The Care Quality Commission regularly inspects all these care settings across the country and has four ratings:

· Outstanding – the service is performing exceptionally well

· Good – the service is performing well and meeting CQC’s expectations

· Requires improvement – the service isn’t performing as well as it should and has been told how it must improve.

· Inadequate – the service is performing badly and action has been taken against the person/organisation running it.

A total of 84 per cent (189) of Oxfordshire’s 231 care providers are rated either “outstanding” or “good” compared to 76 per cent of national providers.

Cllr Lawrie Stratford said: “On past occasions that we have been able to make these comparisons, Oxfordshire has not performed so well when compared to the national average.

“We can now say with certainty that adults in receipt of care from private sector agencies in Oxfordshire on average receive a better service than people elsewhere in England.

“The county council has played its part in that in its capacity as the local safeguarding authority working in partnership with the CQC. However the real credit must go to the care providers themselves who have made such improvements. I congratulate them and hope to see further improvements in coming weeks and months.”

Hard work

Stowford House near Shippon in Abingdon had previously been rated inadequate by CQC but is now rated “Good” in three of the five key areas inspected.

Arnon Rubinstein Managing Director of St Cloud Care who run Stowford House care home, said: ““The staff and management of Stowford House Care Home, which is based in Abingdon, are thankful for the support and guidance provided by Oxfordshire County Council’s adult social care team, specifically the safeguarding team, that has helped the home improve its CQC rating this year.

“The report indicates all the hard work done and the great teamwork achieved at the home of which we are very proud.”

Notes to editors

A table summarising the full Oxfordshire/national comparison is below.




Requires Improvement



2% (4)

80% (185)

16% (38)

2% (4)


1% (290)

76% (15,519)

21% (4,326)

2% (377)