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

30 November 2012
Barnfield Manor Care Home
Hallmark Healthcare (Holmewood) Limited
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  • Care homes with nursing

30 November 2012

Regulator demands improvement by Derbyshire home owner.

The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to the owner of Barnfield Manor 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 Barnfield Close, Holmewood, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on 22 October.

During the visit inspectors found the owners of the home needed to make improvements in relation to the management of medicines.

  • Inspectors looked at the medication administration records (MARs) for eight people using the service.
  • Records showed that six people did not always have an adequate supply of medication available to them at the home.
  • Inaccuracies were found in the records and inspectors found evidence that medicines were not always administered as they had been prescribed.

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 Barnfield ManorCare 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."

Barnfield Manor Care Home provides accommodation for people who require nursing or personal care.


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 Hallmark Healthcare (Holmewood) Limited, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, owner ofBarnfield Manor Care Home, Barnfield Close, Holmewood, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, requiring that action is taken to meet:

  • Regulation 13, the management of medicines, 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.

A deadline of 30 November has been set for improvements to be 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.