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CQC warns Althorpe Health Care Limited that it is failing to protect the safety and welfare of people
30 December 2011
The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to Althorpe Health Care Limited that it must make urgent improvements to standards of care or face further action.
The warning follows an unannounced visit by inspectors to Athorpe Lodge care home, Falcon Way, Dinnington, South Yorkshireon 9 November 2011 to follow up a previous review of compliance.
On latest inspection CQC found that Althorpe Health Care Limited was still failing to meet national standards in relation to the safeguarding of residents and the management of medicines.
Inspectors said that procedures for reporting safeguarding incidents were not always followed correctly, meaning that people living in the home were not being adequately protected from the risk of abuse.
Inspectors found evidence of a failure to adhere to deprivation of liberty (DOL) safeguarding protocols and noted that one resident had been deprived of liberty without the correct authorisation.
The home was also failing to protect people in the recording, handling, administration and use of medicines. Some residents’ care records did not provide the correct dosage information, meaning that some people living in the home were receiving more than the recommended amount of medication.
In addition, there was not clear procedure followed when administering medicines prescribed “as required”, and the protocols for giving additional medication were not clearly documented.
Jo Dent, Regional Director of CQC in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, said:
"The law says that these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect. Providers have a duty to ensure that they are compliant
“This warning sends a clear and public message that Althorpe Health Care Limited needs to address this issue as a matter of urgency or face serious consequences.
“Our inspectors will return to Athorpe Lodge in the near future and if we find that the provider is not making the required progress, will not hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the people who live there.”
For further information please contact the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.
Notes to editors
CQC will publish further details of the inspectors’ findings in a review of compliance on its website at a later date.
CQC has issued a warning notice to Althorpe Health Care Limited, registered providers of Athorpe Lodge, requiring action to meet:
- Regulation 11. Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, safeguarding people who use services from abuse
- Regulation 13. Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, Management of medicines
A deadline of 29 December has been given for improvement. If this deadline is not met, CQC has a range of enforcement powers which include restricting the services that a provider can offer, or, in the most serious cases, suspending or cancelling a service. CQC can also issue financial penalty notices and cautions or prosecute the provider for failing to meet essential standards. Any regulatory decision that CQC takes is open to challenge by a registered person through a variety of internal and external appeal processes.