Window restrictor overridden – death of elderly resident

A care home company has today been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident fell from her first floor window and died.

Guildford Crown Court heard that the 87-year-old was staying at the Coppice Lea Nursing home in Surrey, owned and managed by Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited. In the early hours of 3 October 2013, the woman fell about four metres through her window.

She was reported missing at 1am and found two hours later. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fined  £450,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,762.44.


Note NASHiCS has produced a briefing note on
Falls from Windows – What do i have to do to?
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Care Home fined -failure to employ registered manager

Epsom care home fined £4000 for a persistent failure to employ a registered manager

CQC issued the fixed penalty notice to Epsom Lodge Care Homes Limited after inspectors found that a
registered manager was not employed – which is a legal obligation.
Inspections took place on the 8 April 2016 and the 19 September 2016 and the reports record that there was no registered manager in place.

CQC inspectors found that the home in Burgh Heath Road, Epsom, Surrey, had failed to have a registered manager from January 2016 until March 2017.

Epsom Lodge had told CQC that a manager had been employed since 1 February 2016 – although the manager’s application to register had been rejected because there were gaps in the information needed.

Subsequently CQC issued a fixed penalty notice, which the provider has accepted and paid.




NFCC Launches Specialised Housing Guidance.

The official launch of the NFCC Specialised Housing Guidance took place on 4th May at the CFOA conference.
The NFCC  has provided recommendations designed to protect residents of specialised housing from fire.

Its recommendations relate to various forms of sheltered housing, extra care housing, and also supported housing for people with common characteristics, such as learning disabilities and mental health problems.
A common factor in the premises to which the guide applies is the ability to facilitate person-centred planning.

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Two people have died after morning fire at a care home

Two people have died after an early morning fire at a care home in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

Thirty-three people were rescued and three were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and minor burns, said East of England Ambulance Service.

Firefighters said the “whole roof” had been “well alight” when they arrived.

“Hertfordshire County Council is working in close cooperation with Broxbourne Council and the health service to assess the needs of the evacuated residents and arrange alternative accommodation.”


Care home in York fined £50,000 over resident’s window jump

A YORK housing trust has beened ordered to pay £78,000 over a health and safety breach discovered during the investigation into the death of a resident at one of its homes.

It has also emerged that Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) had been warned about the safety of communal room windows at another of its homes, Lamel Beeches, in Heslington Road, York, two years before Dora Strickland, 90, jumped to her death through a second floor bedroom window at Red Lodge, New Earswick.

After the death, York Crown Court heard, the Trust unsuccessfully tried to overturn a City of York Council improvement notice forcing it to upgrade safety features for windows in residents’ windows at Red Lodge. The windows now have improved safety measures.

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Disabled parking legislation to be examined by committee.

Has legislation aimed at tackling the misuse of disabled parking places been effective?

This is  one of the questions Local Government & Communities Committee will ask as it launches an investigation into the Disabled  Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009.

The Act, was aimed at stopping disabled parking spaces being used by those not entitled to use them. Whilst enforcement action can be taken against non-blue badge holders who park in a disabled persons’ place,  some local authorities rely on the goodwill of drivers not to park in what is known as ‘advisory parking places’.


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