NHS Highland acquires Covid-struck care home.

NHS Highland has acquired a care home on Skye where ten residents died of Covid-19 from provider HC-One to secure resident safety.

The purchase of the Home Farm (pictured) in Portree has been secured with £900,000 of additional funding from the Scottish government 
A total of 30 residents & 29 staff tested positive for Covid-19, which prompted the Care Inspectorate to take legal action against its owners.  Read


Staff abused women at learning disability unit,

Staff abused women at learning disability unit,
finds CQC.

Cygnet Health Care hospital closed and four staff sacked after CCTV footage showed workers emotionally & physically abusing service users.
Concerns were substantiated when inspectors reviewed closed-circuit television recordings, which revealed some staff had physically and emotionally abused patients. Footage also showed some staff had acted disrespectfully towards people in their care, intimidating them through aggressive behaviour and violating their human rights.  Details


Care workers sacked for breaching social distancing rules.

Barchester care workers were sacked for breaching social distancing rules.

An inquiry has been launched into a Barchester care home where two care workers were sacked for breaching social distancing rules.

The two care workers were dismissed in May at Barchester’s Fordmill Nursing Home in Montrose.

A Care Inspectorate spokesperson said: “Infection prevention and control guidance is clear and all care services must follow it to keep people safe’ Read more


4 staff sacked for stealing from disabled residents

Four staff members sacked at Larchfields care home, Leeds & one prosecuted after whistle-blower reported ‘systematic stealing’ from vulnerable
disabled resident.

A carer was found to have stolen more than £7,000 from a vulnerable disabled resident after a whistle-blower contacted police to report ‘systematic stealing’ by staff at a Leeds care home.
Anchor Hanover Group, issued an apology to the victim after former employee Benjamin Ralph was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after admitting a charge of the theft.
The court heard Ralph, 29 , ‘bled dry’ the bank account of a 63-year-old resident by using his bank card to withdraw cash which he then shared with members of staff at the care home. Read full sentience


Cardiff Care home boss struck off for bullying residents

Cardiff care home boss struck off for bullying residents

by banning dessert and cutting portions.
A care home manager who behaved in an “aggressive and uncompromising way” to staff and residents has been struck off after a misconduct panel hearing.

Concerns were raised in January 2019 about Debra Lewis, who had managed a Cardiff home for adults with dementia.

A remote hearing was told Ms Lewis told staff to cut residents’ food portions.



Uckfield Care Home Fined – Failure Led To Woman’s Death

A care provider and a former registered manager of one of its homes have been ordered to pay almost £47,000 at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, following an incident which led to a 56-year-old woman’s death.

The CQC, said Ridgewood Care Services Limited, which runs the New Inn in Ridgewood, Uckfield, was fined £40,000 in court 31 July.

The company previously pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment, resulting in avoidable harm to Mary Jane

he New Inn is a care home for people needing nursing or personal care.

It also supports people living with a learning disability.

The court also ordered Ridgewood Care Services to pay a £170 victim surcharge and £5,000 costs as a result of the prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The registered manager at the New Inn at the time of the residents death, was also prosecuted by CQC.
The court ordered her to pay £1,697 – comprising a £634 fine, £63 victim surcharge and £1,000 costs.

The resident had diagnosed swallowing difficulties, known as dysphagia while she was resident at the New Inn. Read more.