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CQC warns Stambridge Meadows it needs to do more to protect the safety and welfare of people

31 May 2012
Stambridge Meadows
Larchwood Care Homes (South) Limited

31 May 2012

The Care Quality Commission has issued formal warnings to Adiemus Care Limited saying it must make improvements to standards of care at Stambridge Meadows or face further action.

The warnings follow an unannounced visit by inspectors to the care home in Stambridge Road, Great Stambridge, Rochford, Essex, on 19 April to check if improvements had been made since a previous inspection.

Following the visit, inspectors found the owner of Stambridge Meadows, needed to make improvements in relation to records and requirements relating to workers.

  • Care records did not accurately reflect the specific care needs of residents and how these were to be managed by staff.
  • Risks to people’s health and wellbeing were not always identified as some records of risk assessments were incomplete or missing.
  • On several occasions the service had received references after already employing individuals. This posed a risk as candidates’ behaviours, absence, attendance and disciplinary record were not taken into account.
  • Inspectors found evidence that the service has been employing staff to deliver care to vulnerable people without having the satisfactory evidence to ensure they are suitable by carrying out the necessary checks.

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

“These warnings send a clear message that the owner of Stambridge Meadows needs to address this issue 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."

Stambridge Meadows provides residential care for up to 49 people.

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For further information please contact Helen Gildersleeve, regional communications officer, on 0191 233 3379 or the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.

Notes to Editors

Details of the inspectors’ findings will be published on CQC’s website.

CQC has issued the warning notices to Adiemus Care Limited, 238 Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2PS, requiring that action is taken to meet:

  • Regulation 20, records and Regulation 21, (b), requirements relating to workers, 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.

The deadlines for improvement are 31 May 2012 for Regulation 21 and 18 June 2012 for Regulation 20. 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.