Last month's scores for social care services have been released – with three services in Hampshire given new ratings.

The Care Quality Commission gives ratings to care providers and other organisations across England. It rates how well the service is performing against various criteria – with overall rankings ranging from 'outstanding' to 'inadequate'.

The latest batch of ratings from the CQC show three providers have been rated in Hampshire in February.

A community-based service, Right at Home Solent, was rated as 'outstanding' on September 15. The service was last inspected on August 9 2018.

Having been inspected on March 22 2022, Heatherside Care Home – another care provider – was judged as 'good'. The rating was published on May 5.

In addition, Willow Brook was awarded an 'inadequate' by the CQC on February 21. Its latest inspection was on November 3.

The CQC gives organisations four different ratings. The worst is an 'inadequate' rating, which ordinarily results in the organisation being placed in special measures by the CQC. Social care services can also be given a less serious rating of 'requires improvement' when they are not up to standard.

At the other end of the scale, services given 'outstanding' ratings are judged to be performing exceptionally well, and a 'good' rating means the organisation is meeting expectations.