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CQC warns care home in Belper it needs to do more to protect the safety and welfare of people

20 February 2013
Ada Belfield House Care Home
Derbyshire County Council
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20 February 2013

The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to the owner of Ada Belfield House Care Home saying they must make improvements to standards of care or face further action.

The warning follows an unannounced visit by inspectors to the care home in Field Lane, Belper, Derbyshire, on 3 January.

During the visit inspectors found the owners of the home needed to make improvements in relation to the care and welfare of service users.

  • Inspectors found although care records stated certain monitoring and assessments should be carried out on some service users, this had not been happening.
  • This meant the service was failing to reduce the risks to people and was not meeting people’s individual needs as laid down in their care plans.

Andrea Gordon, Deputy Director of Operations (regions), said: "The law says these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect. Providers have a duty to ensure they are compliant.

“This warning sends a clear message that the owner of Ada Belfield House Care Home needs to address these issues or face further consequences.

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

Ada Belfield House Care Home provides accommodation and care for older people.


For further information please contact Louise Grifferty, regional communications manager, on 07717 422917 or the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.

Notes to editors

CQC has issued the warning notice to Derbyshire County Council, County Offices, Matlock, Derbyshire, owner of Ada Belfield House Care Home, in Field Lane, Belper, Derbyshire, requiring that action is taken to meet:

  • Regulation 9, care and welfare of service users, Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010.

Inspectors will carry out a further unannounced visit to assess whether the necessary improvements have been made.

If improvements are not made, 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.