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CQC warns Appleford Ltd that it is failing to effectively assess and monitor the quality of services at Daneswood Care Home

12 December 2012
Daneswood Care Home
Appleford Limited
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12 December 2012

The Care Quality Commission has warned Appleford Ltd that it is facing enforcement action unless it makes urgent improvements to standards of care at Daneswood Care Home.   

The warning notice follows an unannounced visit in October 2012 by inspectors to the care home at Shipham in Somerset to follow up actions required during a previous inspection in May.   Then the provider had been told to make improvements to meet a number of essential standards.

Inspectors found that the provider had made improvements in some areas but were still failing to effectively monitor the quality of the service.

  • The provider did not have quality assurance systems in place to identify and protect people from the risks of unsafe care and treatment.

Ian Biggs, deputy director of CQC in the South said:

"The law says that these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect.   Providers have a duty to ensure they are compliant and this cannot be allowed to continue.

“We will return in the near future and if we find that this care home is not making the required progress we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the people who use the service."


For further information please contact the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.

Notes to editors

The warning notice finds that Appleford Ltd is in breach of:

  • Regulation 10, Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.

If the required improvements are not made within a set timescale,  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.

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.