CQC prosecutes care home fined £123,000+ over falls

A care provider that failed in its duty to provide safe care and treatment has been ordered to pay £123,699.90 in fines and costs by Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) brought the prosecution following two serious incidents at West Ridings Care Home in Wakefield. At the time of the events the home was operated by Bupa Care Homes (CFHCare) Limited.

The provider had previously pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates Court to two separate offences of failing to provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm

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CQC fine two unregistered providers

CQC fine two unregistered providers £4000 each for providing services.
CQC has issued fixed penalty  notices to Helping Hands Care Services LLP and TD Homecare Services Limited, both in Freshwater, Isle of Wight after admitted providing care services while unregistered.
Helping Hands Care Services LLP from 23 October 2017 to 5 November 2016 and TD Homecare Service Limited from 18 July 2018 to 17 May 2019

It is an offence under the Health & Social Care Act 2008 to carry out a regulated activity – in this case, providing personal care – without being registered with CQC.




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CQC – Phase 2 review of restraint, seclusion & segregation underway

Phase two of the thematic review of restraint, seclusion and segregation underway by the CQC

Phase one of the CQC thematic review has been concluded and the findings were published in the interim report in May.
They are now in phase two of the review which is looking at restrictive interventions in adult social care services, mental health rehabilitation and low secure hospitals, & some children’s residential services.

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NHS Trust Swindon fined £80,000 patient fall from roof

NHS trust fined £80k after mental health patient fell from roof.

An NHS trust has been fined £80,000 after one of its patients fell from the roof of a ward, despite it being warned about its potential danger in 2011.
The patient climbed on to the roof of  Applewood Ward in Swindon in 2016. He fell off and was seriously hurt, after refusing to come down for 11 hours. The patient broke his leg and fractured his skull and jaw in the fall.
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) was fined £80,000  after pleading guilty to an offence of   failing to provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm to one patient and putting others at serious risk of avoidable harm.
The trust said it had made significant changes to improve.



Fire at retirement complex triggers evacuation of elderly.

Fire at retirement complex triggers mass evacuation of elderly.

Some 150 people had to be evacuated when a devastating fire broke out at Beechmere supported living complex in Crewe.

More than 70 firefighters worked through the night to tackle a blaze in response to being alerted to a fire in the roof of the complex shortly after 4.30pm yesterday.

Neighbours as well as fire fighters helped get elderly residents out of the burning building which is home to 50 residents.



Sexual assault at care home -.Man charged with attempted rape and

Detectives investigating a sexual assault at a Lytham St Anne’s care home have now charged a man.

They were called at shortly before 5am on Sunday August 4th to reports that an unknown man had been found in a room of New Thursby Nursing Home on  Clifton Drive with a resident who had been subjected to a sexual assault.

Josh Haworth, 18, of St Anne’s was  arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual touching, burglary and criminal damage. Following consultation with the CPS, he was charged with attempted rape, sexual assault, trespass with intent to rape and criminal damage.
A 16-year-old boy arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of rape and burglary was released under investigation pending further enquiries. He has now been released without charge in relation to this incident.

The victim and their family are being cared for by professionals and continue to be supported by specialist officers.
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