Thirteen is a lucky number as Oxfordshire betters national average for “Outstanding” care settings

A care setting in Wallingford has become the thirteenth in the county to be rated “outstanding” by inspectors – advancing further Oxfordshire’s status as being well ahead of the national average for social care quality.

Wallingford based Style Acre is a supported living service that supports people with learning disabilities and Autism to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

Style Acre, based at Howbery Park, was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in November and was rated “Outstanding” in the subsequent report. An “Outstanding” rating is the highest awarded by the CQC with the other potential outcomes being “Good”, “Requires improvement” and “Inadequate”.

The rating means that six per cent of the county’s 210 social care settings are rated as “Outstanding” compared to just two per cent nationally. Meanwhile 82 per cent (173) are rated “Good” compared to 78 per cent nationally.




Continuing positive trend

Councillor Lawrie Stratford, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We’ve known for some times that we are performing better than the average elsewhere in England but that trend is clearly continuing and consolidating and my congratulations go to Style Acre.

“The CQC does not award “Outstanding” ratings very easily – a lot of hard work and dedication will have gone in to operating a care setting that catches the eye of inspectors to such a degree.

“We hope at some stage in the future to get all of our “Outstanding” providers together to pool knowledge on what goes in to providing such a high quality service as well as discussing how new ideas might be trialled.”

Going to great efforts

Operations Manager at Style Acre, Ben Lanes said: “We are absolutely delighted with our “Outstanding” rating. Our staff continuously go to great efforts, beyond what is expected and being recognised by the Care Quality Commission has motivated us to work even harder to make the lives of the people we support as happy as possible.”