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

The Care Quality Commission is in charge of inspecting social care services across England. The organisation judges care providers across various metrics – with the best possible rating being 'outstanding', and the worst 'inadequate'.

Figures for the last month show ratings were given to the following care homes in Hampshire:

• Portchester Lodge: Good, last inspected on October 19.

• The Gables: Inadequate, last inspected on November 9.

• Jaden House: Inadequate, last inspected on October 19.

• Northcott House Residential Care and Nursing Home: Requires improvement, last inspected on November 7.

Other social care services in the area were also rated:

• Elite Livein Care Limited: Requires improvement, last inspected on October 11.

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.