5 March 2012
Richard Dickinson, proprietor of a care home in Knutsford, Cheshire, has had his registration cancelled after enforcement action by the Care Quality Commission.
The owner of the Rangemore Care Home, Knutsford, Cheshire, Richard Dickinson, had been registered to provide the regulated activities accommodation and nursing care and treatment of disease, disorder or injury for up to forty nine people at the home on Bucklow Hill, Knutsford.
In an unannounced inspection in December 2011, inspectors found that the home was failing to meet nine of the essential standards that people are legally entitled to expect. Earlier in 2011 there had been compliance reports in March, April and July all of which had reported non compliance.
Amongst the concerns, inspectors found that people living in the home were not fully safeguarded from the risks of abuse; systems to manage infection prevention and control were not always sustained so the residents remained at risk; the home did not fully protect people against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medication; and the premises were not adequately maintained or suitably designed and equipped to meet the needs of people with dementia.
On the 12 January 2012 a Care Standards Tribunal formally recorded Richard Dickinsons’ withdrawal of his appeal against the Care Quality Commission’s Notice of Decision to cancel his registration. As such, Mr Dickinson is no longer registered to operate a care home at Chester Road, Bucklow Hill, Knutsford.
Debbie Westhead, Regional lead for CQC in the North West, said:
“We acted as we did to ensure the welfare of people living at Rangemore. Taking action which could lead to the closure of a home or the cancellation of a providers registration is not something that we take lightly, but when we find care as poor as we did in this case, we have no choice but to take action to protect the safety and welfare of people.
“This was an excellent example of collaborative working. We have worked closely with Cheshire East Social Services to ensure the long term safety and welfare of the people living at the home.
“This sends a strong public message that we will not hesitate to take tough action if a provider continually fails to meet the standards for care that everyone has the right to expect.”
Mr Dickinson is no longer registered to provide services and Rangemore Care Home has a new owner and operates under a different trading name.
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