Care home company fined after failure to provide safe care

Rushcliffe Care Ltd, which ran Partridge Care Centre in Harlow, was fined and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge, plus £17,826.37 costs, after admitting it failed to provide safe care and treatment to one of its residents

The prosecution was brought against the company by the CQC after the woman was injured as a result of being trapped in a commode shower chair at the Partridge Road home. She sustained a significant injury, which required surgery and left her with a stoma and colostomy bag.

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Local authority fined after social workers assaulted

London Borough of Brent has been fined after two of its social workers were assaulted on a home visit

Two social workers employed by London Borough of Brent visited the home  to carry out a safety plan assessment. While note-taking, both social workers were struck over the head with a metal object by the mother, resulting in one of them being knocked temporarily unconscious. While both received serious wounds to the head, the social worker knocked unconscious was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The investigation by the HSE found the LA failed to follow its corporate lone working policy or violence and aggression guidance. No risk assessment was completed and staff were not trained accordingly.
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NHS trust fined following falls deaths

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has  fined following a series of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations into the deaths of five elderly patients.

The patients, aged between 72 and 92, sustained fatal injuries as result of falling while being cared for in hospitals run by the Trust. Four died as result of falling at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. The fifth succumbed to injuries at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The deaths took place between June 2011 and November 2012.

The HSE investigations found that fall prevention measures, including close supervision of those in a confused mental state, were not properly applied. This was made worse by poor consideration and communication surrounding measures to protect against falls arising from each patient’s particular frailties.

The Trust fined £333,333 and ordered to repay £130,000 in costs.

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Orchard Care fined £680,000 -resident falling 30 feet from window

Orchard Care fined £680,000 by Leeds Crown Court after a resident suffered life changing injuries after falling 30 feet from a window at Lofthouse Grange and Lodge in West Yorkshire.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC described safety measures at the home as “wholly inadequate”, adding the provider had been issued with specific instructions months before the incident over inadequate window restraints.

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Health care provider fined failing to act on concerns raised

Court heard how in June 2014 an employee, raised concerns with HSE relating to the running of the internal occupational health service of Ramsay Health Care (UK) Operations Ltd. The HSE investigation found the company failed to appoint sufficient occupational health professionals to run the service which compromised the health and safety of its employees, patients and general members of the public, putting them at risk of suffering ill health or of acquiring an infection. HSE served four Improvement Notices as part of the investigation.

As a consequence of this, a nurse working at Boston West Hospital, Lincolnshire, was diagnosed with occupational dermatitis in January 2015, which later spread from her hands to her arms and legs.

Fined £550,000 and ordered to pay costs of £36,320.44

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Caring Homes fined after death of elderly resident

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

An 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.

Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited of The Colchester Business Park, Essex, pleaded guilty and was fined £450,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,762.44.

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NHS trust fined £1m following Lincolnshire man’s death

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined following the death of 53-year-old man at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

Lincoln Crown Court heard that the patient at the hospital, died in April 2012 from internal injuries after falling onto an exposed metal post on the standing aid hoist that staff were using to support him.

The knee pad on the standing aid hoist had been incorrectly removed leaving the exposed metal post that caused the fatal injuries when he collapsed after standing up.

HSE investigation found the Trust did not have systems for training and monitoring how staff used the standing aid hoist and unsafe practices had developed.

It was fined £1 million and ordered to repay £160,000 in costs.

The trust has also been ordered to pay £3800 to the family to cover the costs of the funeral.

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