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Ainsworth Nursing Home is rated as Inadequate by CQC

19 January 2015
  • Media

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told Ainsworth Nursing Home in Ainsworth, Bolton that it must make improvements or face further enforcement action.

During an unannounced inspection in November, inspectors found that the home was failing to provide care which was safe, effective, caring, responsive or well led.

A full report of this inspection has been published on the CQC website today.

Under CQC’s new programme of inspections, all adult social care services are being given a rating to help people choose care. Overall Ainsworth Nursing Home has been rated as Inadequate.

CQC has issued the provider with a warning notice setting a deadline for improvements in the assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.

The report identifies a number of areas in which improvements are required, including:

  • There were not enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet people's needs.
  • The systems to ensure the safe administration of medicines in the service were not sufficiently robust to ensure people who used the service were adequately protected.
  • Not all staff had received adequate training or guidance on how to support people who displayed challenging behaviour.
  • There was a lack of understanding amongst some staff about the need to ensure inappropriate restrictions were not placed on people.
  • Care records did not always include sufficient guidance to staff to ensure that they knew how to fully meet people’s individual needs.
  • The provider did not have an effective system in place to regularly assess and monitor the quality of service that people received and inspectors found that internal audits had not been completed for over three months.

Debbie Westhead, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the North said:

“We found that the care provided at Ainsworth Nursing Home fell a long way short of what we expect services to provide. We have told them they must take action to resolve the issues we identified.

"The lack of robust procedures to ensure the quality of service, inconsistencies in care planning and the shortfalls in medicines management must be addressed as a priority.

“We have made it clear that we will return to the home to check that the necessary improvements have been made. If not - we will take further action to make sure that people living there receive care which is safe, effective, caring and responsive to their needs.”


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Last updated:
30 May 2017

Notes to editors


CQC has published a full report at


In October 2014 CQC began to roll out its new inspection regime for adult social care services across England, using specialist teams who will inspect and rate services against what matters to the people who use them. For further information, please visit:


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.