CQC raises alarm over ‘do not resuscitate’ orders during pandemic.

CQC raises alarm over ‘do not resuscitate’ orders during pandemic.

Regulator finds disturbing inconsistencies, including order   being applied to everyone over 80 with dementia in one residence
A report published by the CQC found disturbing variations in people’s experiences of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during the pandemic.


Cardiff care worker with suspected Covid ‘put vulnerable at risk’.

Cardiff care worker with suspected Covid ‘put       vulnerable at risk’.

A care worker put 22 vulnerable people at risk by carrying out home visits while she was suspected of having Covid-19, a tribunal has heard.

A Care Standards hearing heard the care worker made visits in June after a GP told her to isolate and get a test.

Appealing an 18-month suspension imposed last month, the care worker  said she had “a verbal negative” result before the visits for a Cardiff care company.

In a ruling published this week, Judge Farida Eden dismissed her appeal.  Details

PPE failings at care home posed infection risk,

PPE failings at care home posed infection risk, CQC says.

Care home residents and staff were put at risk of infection   because personal protective equipment (PPE) was used wrongly, a health watchdog has said.
Croft House, in Ossett, near Wakefield, has been put in   special measures after being deemed “inadequate” by the CQC inspectors.
The home was “not well-led”, according to inspectors who
visited last Countrywide Care Homes, which runs the site, said  improvements had been made since the inspection.
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Unlawful death ruling in Barnsley man’s inquest

A MAN whose health condition meant he was only supposed to be given mashed food was ‘unlawfully killed’ when his support worker took him to a pub for a burger, causing him to choke to death.
An inquest, held in Sheffield this week, was told that despite expert guidance making it clear solid foods were a risk to the life of Tony Wilkinson, 57, from Barnsley, support workers provided him with unsuitable meals.
This included being taken for fish and chips at the seaside a week before his death, and then taken for a meal at a Manchester Airport pub for a burger which he choked on.

Stars Social Support, based in Dodworth, had been commissioned by the council to provide care services to Tony since 2014.
Following a choking incident in February 2018, Stars staff were required to provide 24-hour care to Tony.
Coroner Abigail Combes advised the jury they could conclude ‘unlawful killing’ if they considered the case to meet the test for either corporate manslaughter or gross negligence manslaughter. More

CQC whistleblowing up more than half in care settings

CQC whistle blowing up more than half in care settings.

A legal and regulatory specialist in health and social care has warned that with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reporting a marked rise in whistleblowers, care providers need to be well-prepared.

Speaking on the topic during a recent Access All Areas webinar, Neil Grant, partner at Gordons Partnership LLP, pointed to CQC data highlighting that whistle blowing had increased by more than 50 per cent to 6,972 in the year up to September 2020.

During the pandemic, the CQC has changed the way it operates with routine inspections stopped and the focus shifting to supportive conversations with care providers and managers.

Care home fined after resident was injured in fall

A care home for vulnerable adults has been fined after a resident was injured in a fall from height.

Airdrie Sheriff Court heard how on 29 July 2019, a resident of Hillend View Care Home was found lying on the ground outside his bedroom window by a care assistant. He had fallen 4.5 metres and sustained multiple fractures including a fractured pelvis, right acetabulum and right humeral head.

Hillend View Limited of Airdrie Road, Caldercruix pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974 and was fined £21,000.


Unlawful deprivations of liberty and awards of damages

Unlawful deprivations of liberty and awards of damages

A judge recently upheld the award of damages of £143,000 for the unlawful deprivation of liberty of an incapacitous care home resident.

In the case of Emile, DJ Beckley awarded damages against the
London Borough of Haringey for a period of almost 8 years’ unlawful deprivation of liberty in the sum of £143,000.00.

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